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 name ISO 15924 Year created Creator Comments (click to sort by category)
Afaka Afak 1910 Afáka AtumisiSyllabary used to write the Ndyuka language, an English-based creole of Surinam
Aiha 1985 Ursula K. Le Guin Alphabet of the fictional Kesh language in her novel Always Coming Home
Armenian Armn 405–406 Saint Mesrob Alphabet thought to have been based on Greek
aUI 1962 John W. Weilgart Language and alphabet attempting to unify sound and meaning
Aurebesh 1993 Stephen CraneAlphabet originally for Star Wars Miniatures Battles Companion based on glyphs by Joe Johnston, subsequently used for other media in the franchise[1]
Blissymbol Blis 1949 Charles K. Bliss Conceived as a non-spoken (soundless), purely ideographic script
Braille Brai 1821 Louis Braille Tactile alphabet for the blind using embossed dots; dozens of derived scripts
Canadian Aboriginal syllabics Cans 1840s James Evans Family of abugidas used to write a number of Aboriginal Canadian languages of the Algonquian, Inuit, and (formerly) Athabaskan language families
Cherokee Cher 1819 Sequoyah Syllabary inspired by Latin glyph shapes
Cirth Cirt 1930s[2] J. R. R. Tolkien Runic elven script, mainly for dwarven writing in his novel The Lord of the Rings
Clear Script 1648 Zaya Pandit Alphabet used to write the Oirat language; based on Mongolian script
Coorgi-Cox alphabet 2005 Gregg M. Cox A proposed script for the Kodava language
Cyrillic Cyrl / Cyrs ca. 940 Saint Cyril or his studentsAlphabet mainly used to write Slavic languages; based primarily on Greek
Deseret Dsrt mid-19th century University of Deseret A phonemic alphabet designed for the English language
D'ni 1997Richard 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
Engsvanyáli 1940s M. A. R. Barker Abugida used in the Empire of the Petal Throne role-playing game
Eskayan ca. 1920–1937Mariano DatahanSyllabary based on cursive Latin script
Fraser Lisu 1915 Sara Ba ThawAlphabet used to write the Lisu language; improved by James O. Fraser
Gargoyle 1990 Herman Miller Alphabet for the fictional Gargish language in Ultima VI: The False Prophet
Glagolitic Glag 862–863 Saints Cyril and Methodius Historically used to write Slavic languages, before Cyrillic became dominant
HamNoSys 1985 University of HamburgA phonetic transcription system for sign languages
Hangul Hang 1443 Court of King Sejong Alphabet written in syllable blocks used to write the Korean language
International Phonetic Alphabet Latn 1888 International Phonetic Association Regarded as being an extension of the Latin script
Kēlen 1980 Sylvia Sotomayor Alphabet for a fictional alien language without verbs
Klingon (KLI pIqaD) Piqd ca. 1990AnonymousGlyphs created for Star Trek: The Next Generation, later sent as a font to the KLI
Lisu syllabary 1924–1930 Ngua-ze-boSyllabary of about 800 characters used to write the Lisu language
Night writing 1808 Charles Barbier Forerunner of Braille; tactile alphabet intended for communication in total darkness
N'Ko Nkoo 1949 Solomana Kante Alphabet used to write the Manding languages, including a kind of koine
Phags-pa Phag 1269 Drogön Chögyal Phagpa Used historically for the languages in the Yuan sector of the Mongolian Empire
Pollard Plrd 1936 Sam Pollard Abugida used to write several minority languages in China
Quikscript 1966 Ronald Kingsley Read Phonemic alphabet designed to write the English language quickly and compactly
Sarati Sara 1910s J. R. R. Tolkien Precursor of his elven Tengwar script
Shavian Shaw ca. 1960 Ronald Kingsley Read Phonemic alphabet to write the English language; precursor to Quikscript
SignWriting Sgnw 1974 Valerie SuttonProposed system of writing sign languages
Soyombo 1686 Bogdo Zanabazar Abugida historically used to write the Mongolian language
Stokoe notation 1960 William Stokoe Proposed system of writing sign languages
Tengwar Teng 1930s J. R. R. Tolkien Elven script used for various languages in his novel The Lord of the Rings
Unifon mid-1950s John R. Malone Phonemic alphabet to write the English language, based on the Latin alphabet
Visible Speech Visp 1867 Alexander Melville Bell System 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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