Archive for the Category: Writing


A visitor to Omniglot sent in this image of a manuscript and would like to know if anyone can decipher it. See a larger version The writing system is Khmer, and the person who sent it in was told that the language might be Pali.

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A visitor to Omniglot is doing some research on the painting below and would like to decipher the signature. Can you help? Close-up of signature The writing looks like cursive Hebrew to me.

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I came across the word ductus today in an interesting article about the origins of the writing. The articles focuses particularly on the development of the Latin/Roman alphabet and traces it’s origins back to ancient Egypt. Ductus /ˈdʌktəs/ means: 1. the number of strokes that make up a written letter, and the direction, sequence and […]

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This picture was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who would like to know what the inscription means. The writing is looks like Arabic, but I can’t make any sense of it. Can you help? [Update: The image is now the right way round, thanks to Christopher]

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Avoiuli is a writing system used on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu which was brought to my attention today – the image on the right shows an example of the script inscribed on a stone. Apparently Chief Viraleo Boborenvanua based the script on traditional sand drawings and spent 14 years developing it, and it is used […]

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Circassian calligraphy

Recently I was sent a version of the Circassian alphabet which I hadn’t seen before. Today I discovered that it came from a site about Circassian calligraphy, which includes information about it (in Russian) and plenty of examples. Here’s the alphabet: And here’s a sample text: Here you seen this before?

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Mysterious inscription

This photo was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who would like to find out what the writing means. To me it looks like Devanagari or a related script. Can you decipher this?

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This piece of writing was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who got it in Rajasthan. Can anyone identify the language and decipher it?

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Endangered Alphabets Poetry Project

Today’s post comes from Tim Brookes Dear Friends and Colleagues, My Endangered Alphabets Project is in the process of giving birth to a new phase: the Endangered Alphabets Poetry Project. Let me explain what I’m trying to do. I’ve written a short, simple poem about the importance of preserving endangered languages in their spoken and […]

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Egyptian medallion

This image of a medallion was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot. Can you decipher the writing on it?

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