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Blissymbolics were developed by Charles K. Bliss (1897-1985). Bliss originally called his invention "Semantography" and intended for it to be used as a universal written language which would enable speakers of different languages to communicate with one another.

Since 1971 Blissymbolics have been used mainly as a communication aid for people with communication, language and learning difficulties. Such people have limited or no ability to use ordinary spoken and/or written language but manage to learn Blissymbolics.

Notable features

  • Blissymbolics consists of over 2,000 basic symbols which can be combined together to create a huge variety of new symbols.
  • The symbols can be formed into sentences and their order is based on English word order
  • The symbols are made up of simple shapes designed to be easy to write.
  • Blissymbolics are used in over 33 countries.

A selection of Blissymbolics symbols

Basic Blissymbolics symbols

Blissymbolics - compound symbols and words


Information about Blissymbolics

Blissymbolics Communication International - a charitable organisation which promotes and supports the use of Blissymbolics:

Other notation systems

Blissymbolics, Braille, Graffiti, Moon, Shorthand, Solresol, Sutton SignWriting