Kolam

Kolam Kolam is a Dravidian language spoken by about 200,000 people in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The language is also known as Kolami, Kolamboli, Kolamy, Kolmi or Kulme. The Kolam call themselves ‘Kolvar’: ‘Kola’ means stick or bamboo in their language. Their name probably derives from their livelihood of…

Koasati

Koasati (Kowassá:ti) Koasati or Coushatta is a Muskogean language spoken in Allen Parish, north of Elton in Louisiana, and near Livingston in Texas. The exact number of speakers is uncertain, but officials of the Coushatta tribe believe that the majority of tribal members over 20 speak Koasati. In 2007 a program to revitalize the Koasati…

Knot

Knot Alphabet    The Knot Alphabet was created in 2010 by Sheldon Ebbeler, a linguist and analyst of verbal behavior. The Knot Alphabet is technically not an alphabet*. It is an alphasyllabary, or abugida, which entails writing each syllable as a unit. Within these syllable units, the consonant portion is primary. The vowel portion is…

Klingon

Klingon (tlhIngan Hol) Klingon is the language spoken by Klingons, alien characters in the Star Trek films and TV series. In the 1984 film, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the director, Leonard Nimoy, and the writer-producer, Harve Bennett, wanted the Klingons to speak a real-sounding language rather than gibberish, so they commissioned the…

Klhethayol

Klhetháyol    The Klhetháyol Abugida is a writing system invented by Anthony Girón. The main purpose for it’s creation is to develop a constructed language for the fantasy novel he’s currently writing, but it can also be used for encoding purposes such as in diaries. Notable features Type of writing system: abugida Direction of writing:…

Klamath

Klamath & Modoc (?ewksiknii & moowat’aakknii) Klamath and Modoc are closely related dialects of a Penutian language. Klamath is spoken around Klamath and Agency Lakes in south-central Oregon, and Modoc is spoken around Tule Lake and the lava beds in California. Very few people speak either dialect, though efforts are currently being made to revive…

Klallam

Klallam (Nəxʷsƛʼayʼəmúcən) Klallam is a member of the Salishan or Salish family of languages and is once spoken on the north shore of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in the USA, and also at Becher Bay on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Today only five people speak Klallam, though efforts are being made to revive the…

Kivani

Kivani    Kivani is an alphabet invented by Stuart Hamilton to write his conlang, Kivani. He invented both mainly for fun and was inspired by Tolkien’s invented languages and alphabets. He has also been thinking about writing book featuring his language and alphabet. Notable features Type of writing system: alphabet Direction of writing: left to…

Kitonyo

Kitonyo    Kitonyo was creatied by DJ Hipsher in 2004. It is a cypher for English. He was inspired by reading the Lord of the Rings to create an alphabet that looked old and could be something you would find in an ancient manuscript or book. Originally he wrote the alphabet by hand using a…

Kiserdo

Kiserdő alphabet    Kiserdő is an alternative alphabet for Hungarian devised by Dávid Katona, who uses to keep things, such as passwords, secret. He invented it for fun in a local forest – the name kiserdő means “little forest” in Hungarian. Kiserdő is based on the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets, though some of the letters…