Re: Languages using multiple scripts

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Mon Mar 07 2005 - 06:01:15 CST

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    On 07/03/2005 03:52, Doug Ewell wrote:

    >E. Keown <k underscore isoetc at yahoo dot com> wrote:
    >>Still collecting examples, but Aramaic, with 8
    >>separate writing systems is the most polyscriptal,
    >>followed by Mongolian....
    >>I still want to know which language is 3rd --EK
    >Azerbaijani, at least, has been written in Arabic, Latin, and Cyrillic.
    >(We have registered tags for each of those.) I don't know where that
    >places it in the derby.
    Indeed. And since all three of these scripts are still in current use,
    this could be a record for current use - although as such certainly
    tying with Uzbek and Tajik, probably also Turkmen, which also use the
    same three scripts.

    But we can do better than that, if we look into history. Tat has
    certainly been written in Latin, Cyrillic, Arabic and Hebrew scripts. If
    you count Tajik as a dialect variant of Persian, Persian has been
    written in Arabic, Latin, Cyrillic and old Persian scripts, very likely
    also Hebrew and Syriac. Assyrian is currently written in Syriac, Latin,
    Cyrillic and probably Arabic script, but then that is a variant of
    Aramaic where we started.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)
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