Sobekhotep wrote:Hey, imbecilica, how would you feel about a Cyrillic alphabet for writing Vietnamese? I think Cyrillic looks more "exotic" than Latin.
I actually don't mind the current writing system, be it that it may look horrendous still it does its job quite well. Here is how the Vietnamese language has been written through time:
Chữ Khoa Dầu (? > ?)
Ancient Script of the Vietnamese language, these have been found on stone etchings and on bronze drums and other artefacts. Little information is available but from a documentary I watched it is described as "frog-like etchings and bubbly-looking", it seems likely to have been related to the other Brahmic style scripts of Laotian, Thai, Khmer etc (no surprise considering location).
Chữ Hán (Hán Tự) (~39 BC > ~1939 AD)
When the Chinese annexed what is now northern Vietnam into its empire, all official documents were written in Classical Chinese. It is undeniable how influential Chinese language and culture has been on Vietnamese culture and language.
Chữ Nôm (~1000 AD > ~1939 AD)
While Classical Chinese was the official writing system employed by the elites, and because the Vietnamese language did not "die out", native words had to also be written down. One way or another, this gave birth to Chữ Nôm (Vernacular Script). It was used alongside native Chinese characters to record native Vietnamese words.
Chữ Quốc Ngữ (~1600 AD > present)
When European missionaries (mainly French and Portuguese) started arriving in Vietnam during the 1600s, they required a script in order to record the language with. The man accredited with the creation of Chữ Quốc Ngư (National Script) was Alexandre de Rhodes. Though at first it didn't acquire much success, it became the national script during the French colonialisation of Vietnam (~1880 > 1954) as both a means to dissuade Chinese influence and later onwards as a tool to increase literacy rates which augmented significantly.
Anyways, though I think Vietnamese writing is fine the way it is, it would be nice to see how it would look. The problem would be how to add the tone markings.