On the map you can see the distribution of the world’s most important and interesting scripts.
About 2.6 billion people (36%) use the Latin alphabet (grey), about 1.3 billion people (18%) use the Chinese script (yellow), about 1.2 billion people (16%) use the Devanagari alphabet (India - pink), about 1 billion people (14%) use the Arabic alphabet (green) and about 0.3 billion people (4%) use the Cyrillic alphabet (blue).
MORE INTERESTING FACTS:
The Cree script (Kanada-yellow) is a syllabary used by nearly all Cree-speaking First Nations in Canada. Initially an invention of the English missionary James Evans to create a non-Latin writing system for Cree and Ojibwe, it was readily adopted because its appearance was unlike that of the Latin alphabet and therefore free of the stigma of colonialism.
Inuktitut syllabics (Kanada – pink) is a writing system used by the Inuit in Nunavut and in Nunavik, Quebec. In 1976, the Language Commission of the Inuit Cultural Institute made it the co-official script for the Inuit languages, along with the Latin script.
The Cherokee syllabary (USA - orange) was invented by George Guess/Gist, a.k.a. Chief Sequoyah, of the Cherokee, and was developed between 1809 and 1824.
The Epi - Olmec (Mexico - yellow) culture was a cultural area in the central region of the present-day Mexican state of Veracruz, concentrated in the Papaloapan River basin, a culture that existed during the Late Formative period, from roughly 300 BCE to roughly 250 CE. Epi-Olmec was a successor culture to the Olmec, hence the prefix "epi-" or "post-". Although Epi-Olmec did not attain the far-reaching achievements of that earlier culture, it did realize, with its sophisticated calendrics and writing system, a level of cultural complexity unknown to the Olmecs.
The Maya people created the longest lasting civilization of the New World. The Maya writing system (Mexico - orange) had an extensive set of phonetic signs that represented syllables rather than individual sounds like in alphabetic systems.
In addition to syllabic signs, the Maya script also has a large number of logograms, signs that represent words or morphemes (basic units of meaning) in the language instead of sounds.
The Elder Futhark (Scandinavia, Greenland - orange) is the oldest form of the runic alphabets. It was a writing system used by Vikings and Germanic tribes for the northwestern and Migration period dialects. Its inscriptions are found on artifacts (including jewelry, amulets, tools, weapons, and runestones) from the 2nd to 8th centuries. Vikings voyaged to points in North America, ca. 1000–1400, as they attempted to expand trade. Around the year 1000, several Viking expeditions established villages in North America. The settlements were quickly abandoned, leaving little evidence of their existence behind, though Vikings likely continued to voyage to the North American continent for several hundred years.
The Ethiopic script (East Afrika - pink) was used for the liturgical language Ge'ez as well as modern languages like Amharic (the official language of Ethiopia), Tigre, Tigrinya, and other languages of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
The Phags-pa script (Mongolia - orange) was created under the order of Khubilai, the Great Khan of the Mongols, as an official and universal script for his vast empire that stretched from China to Russia and crossed ethnic and cultural borders.
Tibetan is one of the oldest Sino-Tibetan language to be recorded. The earliest Tibetan inscriptions date from 7th to 8th century CE. (over India - red)
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