List of constructed scripts

This list of constructed scripts is in alphabetical order. ISO 15924 codes are provided where assigned. This list includes neither shorthand systems nor ciphers of existing scripts.

Script nameISO 15924Year createdCreatorComments (click to sort by category)
AfakaAfak1910Afáka AtumisiSyllabary used to write the Ndyuka language, an English-based creole of Surinam
Aiha1985Ursula K. Le GuinAlphabet of the fictional Kesh language in her novel Always Coming Home
ArmenianArmn405Saint MesrobAlphabet thought to have been based on Greek
aUI1962John W. WeilgartLanguage and alphabet attempting to unify sound and meaning
Aurebesh1993Stephen CraneAlphabet originally for Star Wars Miniatures Battles Companion based on glyphs by Joe Johnston, subsequently used for other media in the franchise[1]
BlissymbolBlis1949Charles K. BlissConceived as a non-spoken (soundless), purely ideographic script
BrailleBrai1821Louis BrailleTactile alphabet for the blind using embossed dots; dozens of derived scripts
Canadian Aboriginal syllabicsCans1840sJames EvansFamily of abugidas used to write a number of Aboriginal Canadian languages of the Algonquian, Inuit, and (formerly) Athabaskan language families
CherokeeCher1819SequoyahSyllabary inspired by Latin glyph shapes
CirthCirt1930s[2]J. R. R. TolkienRunic elven script, mainly for dwarven writing in his novel The Lord of the Rings
Clear Script1648Zaya PanditAlphabet used to write the Oirat language; based on Mongolian script
Coorgi-Cox alphabet2005Gregg M. CoxA proposed script for the Kodava language
CyrillicCyrl / Cyrsca. 940Saint Cyril or his studentsAlphabet mainly used to write Slavic languages; based primarily on Greek
DeseretDsrtmid-19th centuryUniversity of DeseretA phonemic alphabet designed for the English language
D'ni1997Richard A. WatsonAlphabet for the fictional language in the game Riven and its sequels
Duployan shorthandDupl1891Father Jean-Marie-Raphaël Le JeuneHistorically used as the main (non-shorthand) script for Chinook Jargon
Engsvanyáli1940sM. A. R. BarkerAbugida used in the Empire of the Petal Throne role-playing game
Eskayanca. 1920–1937Mariano DatahanSyllabary based on cursive Latin script
FraserLisu1915Sara Ba ThawAlphabet used to write the Lisu language; improved by James O. Fraser
Gargoyle1990Herman MillerAlphabet for the fictional Gargish language in Ultima VI: The False Prophet
GlagoliticGlag862–863Saints Cyril and MethodiusHistorically used to write Slavic languages, before Cyrillic became dominant
HamNoSys1985University of HamburgA phonetic transcription system for sign languages
HangulHang1443Court of King SejongAlphabet written in syllable blocks used to write the Korean language
International Phonetic AlphabetLatn1888International Phonetic AssociationRegarded as being an extension of the Latin script
Kēlen1980Sylvia SotomayorAlphabet for a fictional alien language without verbs
Klingon (KLI pIqaD)Piqdca. 1990AnonymousGlyphs created for Star Trek: The Next Generation, later sent as a font to the KLI
Lisu syllabary1924–1930Ngua-ze-boSyllabary of about 800 characters used to write the Lisu language
Night writing1808Charles BarbierForerunner of Braille; tactile alphabet intended for communication in total darkness
N'KoNkoo1949Solomana KanteAlphabet used to write the Manding languages, including a kind of koine
Phags-paPhag1269Drogön Chögyal PhagpaUsed historically for the languages in the Yuan sector of the Mongolian Empire
Physioalphabet1995Geoffrey TudorFeatural international phonetic alphabet based on and depicting the human physiology of speech production
PollardPlrd1936Sam PollardAbugida used to write several minority languages in China
Quikscript1966Ronald Kingsley ReadPhonemic alphabet designed to write the English language quickly and compactly
SaratiSara1910sJ. R. R. TolkienPrecursor of his elven Tengwar script
ShavianShawca. 1960Ronald Kingsley ReadPhonemic alphabet to write the English language; precursor to Quikscript
SignWritingSgnw1974Valerie SuttonProposed system of writing sign languages
Soyombo1686Bogdo ZanabazarAbugida historically used to write the Mongolian language
Stokoe notation1960William StokoeProposed system of writing sign languages
TengwarTeng1930sJ. R. R. TolkienElven script used for various languages in his novel The Lord of the Rings
Unifonmid-1950sJohn R. MalonePhonemic alphabet to write the English language, based on the Latin alphabet
Visible SpeechVisp1867Alexander Melville BellSystem of phonetic symbols to represent the position of the speech organs
Scripts designed for a natural spoken language (sort by the Comments column to sort by category)
Scripts designed for a work of fiction
Miscellaneous (special purpose, academic, …)

See also


  2. Tolkien, C., editor, The Treason of Isengard, The History of Middle-Earth, Houghton Mifflin, 1989
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