Yugtun script

The Lord's Prayer in Yugtun script ideographs. 1909 in Quigillingoq near Kuskokvim Bay[1]
The Lord's Prayer in Yugtun script.[1]

The Yugtun or Alaska script is a syllabary invented around the year 1900 by Uyaquq to write the Central Alaskan Yup'ik language. Uyaquq, who was monolingual in Yup'ik, initially used indigenous pictograms as a form of proto-writing that served as a mnemonic in preaching the Bible. However, when he realized that this did not allow him to reproduce the exact words of a passage the way the Latin alphabet did for English-speaking missionaries, he and his assistants developed it until it became a full syllabary.[2] Although Uyaquq never learned English or the Latin alphabet, he was influenced by both.[3] The syllable kut, for example, resembles the cursive form of the English word good.



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