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Favourite writing system

Postby Admin » Sun 19 Apr 2009 10:24 am

What is your favourite writing system or alphabet?
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Re: Favourite writing system

Postby telal » Sun 19 Apr 2009 3:19 pm

Well, there are so many to choose from, I would like to pick my favorite by type of system.

By far, my favorite abjad is Arabic. The calligraphy and connectivity is something that I admire greatly.

Much for the same reasons I like Arabic, my favorite alphabet is Manchu..

As for syllabic alphabets, I truly like the Tibetan style of ’Phags-pa.

Katakana has no rival when it comes to sylabaries.

I have to say that almost all semanto-phonetic scripts are wonderful in their complexity and individual uniqueness, but Mayan takes the cake if you ask me.

All of that being said, many natural scripts are beautiful, but they also have functional elements that I do not always like.

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Re: Favourite writing system

Postby Zachary » Sun 19 Apr 2009 4:38 pm

I'm not really sure I can say that I have a single favourite writing system, since it seems that the more I learn one, the less mystical and appealing it becomes.

Though at the moment I quite like the Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Manchu, and Mongolian ones. Another one that I find really nifty is the Míkmaq hieroglyphic writing.

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Re: Favourite writing system

Postby Jayan » Sun 19 Apr 2009 9:07 pm

Zachary wrote:I'm not really sure I can say that I have a single favourite writing system, since it seems that the more I learn one, the less mystical and appealing it becomes.

I've noticed that in myself as well...

These are my favourites by category
Abjad: Arabic (obviously)
Alphabet: threeway tie between Mongolian, Cyrillic, and Armenian
Syllabic alphabets: I'm not going to pick a favourite, they're all beautiful
Syllabaries: Hiragana (if only because I don't like any of the others)
Semanto-phonetic: 中文 (Chinese) of course!
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Re: Favourite writing system

Postby philly_boy » Mon 20 Apr 2009 2:04 am

Greek (modern monotonic) but I guess I'm biased xD
I also like Chinese and Japanese writing systems!
Oh and Arabic, its so delecate and neat...!
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Re: Favourite writing system

Postby Delodephius » Mon 20 Apr 2009 1:12 pm

I like Greek-derived scripts and scripts that were made under influence of the former. These would be Greek, Latin, Etruscan and Old Italic, Phrygian, Lycian, Carrian, Lydian, Runic, Iberian and Celto-Iberian, Coptic, Armenian and Early Cyrillic. (I'm not very fond of modern Cyrillic versions.) Glagolitic is an independent script but with influence from Greek and other scripts. Other scripts that are not Greek-derived would be Kharoṣṭhī which is Aramic-derived; Ancient Egyptian scripts: Hieroglyphic, Hieratic and Demotic; the Linear Syllabaries A, B, C and possibly a script of the Copper Book from Macedonia that hasn't yet been available to public beyond few photos. There are maybe some other scripts as well that I forgot.

I cannot say which one is my favourite. Early Cyrillic and Glagolitic certainly are among the first.
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Re: Favourite writing system

Postby Stosis » Mon 20 Apr 2009 4:37 pm

I've always like Egyptian hieroglyphs for their rigidness and how so much effort was put into to carve them and pain them. I also like the linear B script but not for the script itself. I think its very interested how it was deciphered and that it represents an early form of Greek. What historical linguistic wasn't jumping for joy when it was finally deciphered.

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Re: Favourite writing system

Postby imbecilica » Tue 21 Apr 2009 8:51 pm

Definitely the Latin script, how many other scripts have incorporated the amount of languages as it? Well, I'm a bit biased since the two languages I grew up with use it haha. But in terms of beauty, I'd say Tibetan or Chinese characters (an artform in itself).
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Re: Favourite writing system

Postby Talib » Wed 22 Apr 2009 9:17 am

My favourite script is pointed (vowelled) Hebrew because it's simple, elegant and phonemic.

Other scripts I like include Arabic (obviously) for its aesthetic appeal, Cyrillic and hangeul. I tend to like scripts which are well-suited to the languages they were invented or adapted for.

I am not really a fan of the Latin alphabet because it's not suitable for most languages without extensive use of diacritics and extra letters, but I like the orthography of Finnish a lot.
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Re: Favourite writing system

Postby Neqitan » Thu 23 Apr 2009 1:58 am

I LOATHE the Arabic script, it's just infinitely beautiful to me—specially for all the ligatures used, even if they're not compulsory.

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