Yucatec Maya

Yucatec Maya (Màaya t’àan) Yucatec Maya is a Mayan language spoken by about 800,000 – 1.2 million people in Mexico and Belize. It is spoken mainly in Yucatan in Mexico, and there are also speakers in parts of Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas, and Quintana Roo states in Mexico, and in northern Belize and Guatemala. A form…

Yukaghir

Yukaghir The Yukaghir language family consists of just two languages: Northern or Tundra Yukaghir and Southern or Forest Yukaghir, both of which are spoken along the Kolyma River in North-East Siberia and which are almost entirely mutually incomprehensible. Northern Yukaghir, which is also known as Odul, Tundra or Tundre, is spoken by about 150 people,…

Yupik

Yupik (Yup’ik/Юпик) The Yupik languages belong to the Yupik branch of the Eskimo language family. They are spoken by about 11,800 people in Alaska and Siberia. Yupik is written with the Latin alphabet in Alaska and with the Cyrillic alphabet in Siberia. At the beginning of the 19th century missionaries and their Yupik-speaking assistants devised…

Yurok

Yurok (Puliklah) Yurok is an Algic language spoken by about a dozen elderly people in Northern California. It was spoken by the Yurok tribe in Del Norte County and Humboldt County on the far North Coast of California, but most now speak English. Efforts are underway to revive the language however. The name Yurok comes…

Zarma

Zarma (Zarmaciine) Zarma is a member of the Songhay branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family. It is spoken by about 2.2 million people in mainly in Niger, where it is the most widely-spoken indigenous language, and also in Mali, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso. This languages is also known as Djerma, Dyabarma, Dyarma, Dyerma,…

Zazaki

Zazaki Zazaki is spoken by about 3 to 6 million people in parts of central and eastern Turkey. It belongs to the Iranian branch of the Indo-Iranian language family and has quite a lot in common with such languages as Gilaki and Talyshi. Zazaki was first written in 1850 using a version of the Arabic…

Zentlardy

Zentlardy alphabet    The Zentlardy alphabet appeared in the 1980s cartoon series Robotech, which was based on the Japanese cartoon Macross. The writing system was used in the cartoon on the side of alien space ships, and in the now-defunct roleplaying games Robotech and Macross II. The origins of the Zentlardy alphabet are unknown, though…

Zhelniv

Zhelniv    Zhelniv was invented by Tanis Kint as a script for his conlang by the same name. It was inspired by Tengwar and Arabic, though resembles neither. Notable features Type of writing system: alphabet. Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines. Used to write: Zhelniv Vowels are written with diacritics that appear…

ZhongHua Yu Zi

ZhongHua Yu Zi    The ZhongHua Yu Zi (中华语字) was invented by Martin Luan as an alternative script for Mandarin Chinese. It’s designed to be simple, logical and flexible, and the name means “Chinese Speaking Character”. The sound of the consonants are based on BoPoMoFo and their shapes come from the shape and position of…

Zhuang

Zhuang (Vaƅcueŋƅ / Vahcuengh) Zhuang is a northern Tai language spoken by about 10 million people mainly in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China, and also in Yunnan, Guangdong, Guizhou, and Hunan Provinces. Zhuang was originally written with a mixture of standard Chinese characters, Chinese-like characters and other symbols. This script, known as the…