Scripts in use

Have you ever wondered how many alphabets and other writing systems are used regularly?

I show this in the writing system indices on Omniglot, although it isn’t always easy for less well-known writing systems to be sure how much they are used.

Also, how many different writing systems can you recognise?

This video explains how to recognise all the writing systems in regular use:

It covers the following scripts:

Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Armenian Georgian and Mongolian

Arabic and Hebrew

Bengali, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Tibetan, Odia, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sinhala, Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Thai and Thaana

East-Asian scripts
Chinese, Japanese and Korean

Rare scripts
Tifinagh, N’Ko, Samaritan, Syriac, Inuktitut/Cree, Cherokee, Yi, Ol Chiki, Fraser and Tai Le

5 thoughts on “Scripts in use

  1. Hi Emanuel, someone else has also recently pointed that out, thank you. I will add an annotation to the video soon.

    Even though it developed from the same source as Hebrew and Arabic, since Mongolian has separate letters for vowels it should indeed be classified as an alphabet rather than an abjad. This is also true for most modified Arabic scripts used for other non-Arabic languages, such as Uyghur.

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