Betacap

Betacap   Betacap is an alternative alphabet for English invented by Polly. He uses it as a private code when he wants to write out his thoughts without fear of having them discovered. He based some of the letters loosely on Armenian, while others are slightly modified Latin letters. Notable Features Type of writing system:…

Berber

Ancient Berber script The ancient Berber script is probably based on or derived from the Punic script, with some influence from the South Arabian and North Arabian scripts. The earliest inscriptions for which the dates are known were inscribed sometime during the 2nd century BC, though the ancient Berber script may be six or seven…

Bengali

Bengali alphabet    Origin The Bengali alphabet is derived from the Brahmi alphabet. It is also closely related to the Devanagari alphabet, from which it started to diverge in the 11th Century AD. The current printed form of Bengali alphabet first appeared in 1778 when Charles Wilkins developed printing in Bengali. A few archaic letters…

Bench

Bench (bèntʂ nòn) The Bench language, which is also known as Gimira, is a member of the Northern Omotic branch of Afro-Asiatic language family. It is spoken by about 356,000 people in southern Ethiopia. There are three main dialects: the Bench dialect, which has about 347,636 speakers; the Mer dialect with about 8,159 speakers; and…

Bemba

Bemba (iciBemba) Bemba is a Bantu language spoken in parts of Zambia, particularly the Northern, Luapula, Copperbelt and Northwestern Central provinces, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania by about 3.6 – 6 million people. Bemba is a national (official) language in Zambia and is used as a lingua franca in many areas, particularly…

Belarusian

Belarusian (Беларуская мова/Bielaruskaja mova) Belarusian is an Eastern Slavonic language with about 7.5 million speakers in Belarus. It is closely related to Russian and Ukrainian. Most Belarusians are bilingual in Belarusian and Russian. The country now known as the Belarus was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the mid 13th century until the…

Belarian

Bel’Arian    Bel’Arian is yet another alphabet created by the people in Dardaniell, the fictional world invented by Pieter Rottiers. It’s a Dardanian word and means Silver Sea, named that way because at the time of its appearence it was a far more fluent way of writing than most earlier alphabets (such as Ancient Runes,…

Beja

Beja (Badāwīyä / بداوية) Beja is spoken by about 1.2 million people in parts of Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea. It is also known as Bedawi, Bedauye or To Bedawie, and is generally classified as a North Cushitic language, although some scholars believe it belongs to its own branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. There is…

Beitha Kukju

Beitha Kukju    The Beitha Kukju or Buthakukye alphabet was created between 1825 and 1845 by Naum Veqilharxhi (1797-1854) a lawyer and scholar from Vithkuq, a village in the Korçë region in southern Albania. The name of the alphabet is a corruption of the name Vithkuq. This alphabet was part of Veqilharxhi’s promotion of the…

Beadscript

Beadscript    Beadscript is an alternative alphabet for Russian invented by Olga Smirnova, a student from Russia. It’s called Beadscript because each letter contains a roundlet or “bead”. Sample text in Russian Transliteration Vse ljudi roždajutsya svobodnymi i ravnymi v svoem dostoinstve i pravax. Oni nadeleny razumom i sovest’ju i dolžny postupat’ v otnošenii drug…