Maasai

Maasai (ɔl Maa) The Maasai, Masai or Maa language is a member of the East Niolitic branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family spoken by about 900,000 people in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. The term Maasai refers to “one who speaks the Maa language”. Maasai is taught in schools to some extent, though the languages…

Lydian

Lydian The Lydian alphabet was adapted from an archaic version of the Greek alphabet. The majority of letters are based on Greek letters, though ten of them were new inventiones to write sounds unique to Lydian. The pronunciation of some of the letters, the one transliterated as for example, is uncertain. Approximately 100 Lydian inscriptions…

Lycian

Lycian    Lycian was an Anatolian language spoken in what is now the Antalya region of Turkey up to about the 3rd Century BC, when the Lycians adopted Greek as their languages. Lycian is thought to have developed from Luwian, a language spoken in Asia Minor before the arrival of the Hittites (c. 18th century…

Luxembourgish

Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch) Luxembourgish is a Germanic language spoken by about 400,000 people in Luxembourg (Lëtzebuerg), France (Frankräich), Belgium (Belsch) and Germany (Däitschland). There are also a few Luxembourgish speakers in the USA. It has a lot in common with German and Dutch, and has also borrowed some words from French, e.g. merci (thank you). Luxembourgish…

Lumpa

Lumpa    The Lumpa alphabet was invented by Noah Elkins as an alternative way of writing English. It is based on the ‘lumps’ of the letters m and n. Notable features Type of writing system: alphabet Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines Used to write: English No spaces are needed between punctuation…

Lulesami

Lule Sámi (julevsámegiella) Lule Sámi is a Western Sámi language spoken in Norway and Sweden by about 1,500-2,000 people. It is spoken mainly around Luleå in Sweden and in northern parts of Nordland county in Norway, and also in Tysfjord municipality, where it is an official language Lule Sámi is written in the Latin alphabet,…

Konda

Konda-Dora Konda-Dora is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Orissa by about 28,000 people. The Konda-Dora are a Scheduled Tribe and are distributed in the Agency Area of the Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and East Godavari districts. According to the 1981 Census, their population is 1,41,374. They call themselves…

Konkani

Konkani (कोंकणी / Konknni / ಕೊಂಕಣಿ / കൊങ്കണി) Konkani is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Indian states of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra. It is the official language in Goa, and one of the official languages of India. According to the 2001 census of India there are just under 2.5 million Konkani speakers in…

Korean

Korean    Origin of writing in Korea Chinese writing has been known in Korea for over 2,000 years. It was used widely during the Chinese occupation of northern Korea from 108 BC to 313 AD. By the 5th century AD, the Koreans were starting to write in Classical Chinese – the earliest known example of…

Korillic

Korillic    Korillic is an adaptation of the Cyrillic alphabet for writing Korean devised by Bae Jun. Everytime he learns a new scrpt, he attempts to modify it to write Korean. It helps him to memorize new writing systems. He has also devised methods of writing Korean with the Hebrew (Kovrit), Greek (Kellinica) and Arabic…