Archive for the Category: Writing


A visitor to Omniglot is curious to know what the writing on the piece below means. Can you help? The writing on the right hand image appears to be in the Arabic alphabet, but that’s all I can make out. Apologies for the lack of blog – it was something to do with the database […]

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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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