Writing Systems

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Writing systems are used to visually record language with symbols. The oldest kind of writing was ideographical, after that, syllabaries and alphabets were developed. Among alphabets, one may distinguish the older abjads that only recorded consonants, and the newer alphabet of the Greek type called simply alphabet and the abugida.

Also of interest are those systems for recording sign languages, such as SignWriter, where symbols stand for particular features of signs, the symbols often resembling those sign features they stand for.

See also: calligraphy, penmanship, minuscule letter , spelling

See also: Egyptian hieroglyphs - Greek Alphabet - Hebrew alphabet - Roman alphabet - Anglo-Saxon Futhorc - Scandinavian Futhark