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The Cyrillic script
Cyrillic script
/sɪˈrɪlɪk/ is a writing system used for various alphabets across Eurasia
(particularity in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and North Asia). It is based on the Early Cyrillic alphabet developed during the 9th century AD at the Preslav Literary School in the First Bulgarian Empire.[2][3][4] It is the basis of alphabets used in various languages, especially those of Orthodox Slavic origin, and non- Slavic languages
Slavic languages
influenced by Russian. As of 2011[update], around 252 million people in Eurasia
use it as the official alphabet for their national languages, with Russia accounting for about half of them.[5] With the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union
European Union
on 1 January 2007, Cyrillic became the third official script of the European Union, following the Latin script
Latin script
and Greek script.[6] Cyrillic is derived from the Greek uncial script, augmented by letters from the older Glagolitic
alphabet, including some ligatures. These additional letters were used for Old Church Slavonic
Old Church Slavonic
sounds not found in Greek. The script is named in honor of the two Byzantine brothers,[7] Saints Cyril and Methodius, who created the Glagolitic alphabet earlier on. Modern scholars believe that Cyrillic was developed and formalized by early disciples of Cyril and Methodius. In the early 18th century, the Cyrillic script
Cyrillic script
used in Russia
was heavily reformed by Peter the Great, who had recently returned from his Grand Embassy in western Europe. The new form of letters became closer to the Latin
alphabet, several archaic letters were removed and several letters were personally designed by Peter the Great
Peter the Great
(such as Я which was inspired by Latin
R). West European typography culture was also adopted.[8]


1 Letters 2 Letterforms and typography 3 Cyrillic alphabets 4 Name 5 History 6 Relationship to other writing systems

6.1 Latin
script 6.2 Romanization 6.3 Cyrillization

7 Computer encoding

7.1 Unicode 7.2 Other 7.3 Keyboard layouts

8 See also 9 Notes 10 References 11 External links

Letters[edit] Cyrillic script
Cyrillic script
spread throughout the East Slavic and some South Slavic territories, being adopted for writing local languages, such as Old East Slavic. Its adaptation to local languages produced a number of Cyrillic alphabets, discussed hereafter.

The early Cyrillic alphabet[9][10]

А Б В Г Д Е Ж Ѕ[11] Ꙁ И І К Л М Н О П Р С Т ОУ[12] Ф

Х Ѡ Ц Ч Ш Щ Ъ ЪІ[13] Ь Ѣ Ꙗ Ѥ Ю Ѫ Ѭ Ѧ Ѩ Ѯ Ѱ Ѳ Ѵ Ҁ[14]

Capital and lowercase letters were not distinguished in old manuscripts.

A page from the Church Slavonic
Church Slavonic
Grammar of Meletius Smotrytsky
Meletius Smotrytsky

Yeri (Ы) was originally a ligature of Yer and I (Ъ + І = Ы). Iotation was indicated by ligatures formed with the letter І: Ꙗ (not ancestor of modern Ya, Я, which is derived from Ѧ), Ѥ, Ю (ligature of І and ОУ), Ѩ, Ѭ. Sometimes different letters were used interchangeably, for example И = І = Ї, as were typographical variants like О = Ѻ. There were also commonly used ligatures like ѠТ = Ѿ. The letters also had numeric values, based not on Cyrillic alphabetical order, but inherited from the letters' Greek ancestors.

Cyrillic numerals

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90

І К Л М Н Ѯ Ѻ П Ч (Ҁ)

100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900


The early Cyrillic alphabet is difficult to represent on computers. Many of the letterforms differed from modern Cyrillic, varied a great deal in manuscripts, and changed over time. Few fonts include adequate glyphs to reproduce the alphabet. In accordance with Unicode
policy, the standard does not include letterform variations or ligatures found in manuscript sources unless they can be shown to conform to the Unicode
definition of a character. The Unicode
5.1 standard, released on 4 April 2008, greatly improves computer support for the early Cyrillic and the modern Church Slavonic language. In Microsoft
Windows, the Segoe UI
Segoe UI
user interface font is notable for having complete support for the archaic Cyrillic letters since Windows 8.[citation needed]

Letters of the Cyrillic alphabet (see also Cyrillic digraphs)

А A Б Be В Ve Г Ge Ґ Ge upturn Д De Ђ Dje Ѓ Gje Е Ye Ё Yo Є Yest Ж Zhe

З Ze З́ Zje Ѕ Dze И I І Dotted I Ї Yi Й Short I Ј Je К Ka Л El Љ Lje М Em

Н En Њ Nje О O П Pe Р Er С Es С́ Sje Т Te Ћ Tshe Ќ Kje У U Ў Short U

Ф Ef Х Kha Ц Tse Ч Che Џ Dzhe Ш Sha Щ Shcha Ъ Hard sign (Yer) Ы Yery Ь Soft sign (Yeri) Э E Ю Yu

Я Ya

Important Cyrillic non-Slavic letters

Ӏ Palochka Ә Cyrillic Schwa Ғ Ayn Ҙ Bashkir Dhe Ҫ Bashkir The Ҡ Bashkir Qa Җ Zhje Қ Ka with descender Ң Ng Ҥ En-ghe Ө Barred O Ү Straight U

Ұ Straight U with stroke Һ Shha (He) Ҳ Kha with descender Ӑ A with breve

Cyrillic letters used in the past

Ꙗ A iotified Ѥ E iotified Ѧ Yus small Ѫ Yus big Ѩ Yus small iotified Ѭ Yus big iotified Ѯ Ksi Ѱ Psi Ꙟ Yn Ѳ Fita Ѵ Izhitsa Ѷ Izhitsa

Ҁ Koppa ОУ Uk Ѡ Omega Ѿ Ot Ѣ Yat

Letterforms and typography[edit] The development of Cyrillic typography passed directly from the medieval stage to the late Baroque, without a Renaissance
phase as in Western Europe. Late Medieval
Cyrillic letters (still found on many icon inscriptions today) show a marked tendency to be very tall and narrow, with strokes often shared between adjacent letters. Peter the Great, Czar of Russia, mandated the use of westernized letter forms in the early 18th century. Over time, these were largely adopted in the other languages that use the script. Thus, unlike the majority of modern Greek fonts that retained their own set of design principles for lower-case letters (such as the placement of serifs, the shapes of stroke ends, and stroke-thickness rules, although Greek capital letters do use Latin
design principles), modern Cyrillic fonts are much the same as modern Latin
fonts of the same font family. The development of some Cyrillic computer typefaces from Latin
ones has also contributed to the visual Latinization of Cyrillic type.

Letters Ge, De, I, I kratkoye, Em, Te, Tse, Be and Ve in upright (printed) and cursive (hand-written) variants. (Top is set in Georgia font, bottom in Odessa Script.)

Cyrillic uppercase and lowercase letter forms are not as differentiated as in Latin
typography. Upright Cyrillic lowercase letters are essentially small capitals (with exceptions: Cyrillic ⟨а⟩, ⟨е⟩, ⟨і⟩, ⟨ј⟩, ⟨р⟩, and ⟨у⟩ adopted Western lowercase shapes, lowercase ⟨ф⟩ is typically designed under the influence of Latin
⟨p⟩, lowercase ⟨б⟩, ⟨ђ⟩ and ⟨ћ⟩ are traditional handwritten forms), although a good-quality Cyrillic typeface will still include separate small-caps glyphs.[15] Cyrillic fonts, as well as Latin
ones, have roman and italic types (practically all popular modern fonts include parallel sets of Latin and Cyrillic letters, where many glyphs, uppercase as well as lowercase, are simply shared by both). However, the native font terminology in most Slavic languages
Slavic languages
(for example, in Russian) does not use the words "roman" and "italic" in this sense.[16] Instead, the nomenclature follows German naming patterns:

Cyrillic letters in cursive.

Roman type
Roman type
is called pryamoy shrift ("upright type")—compare with Normalschrift ("regular type") in German Italic type
Italic type
is called kursiv ("cursive") or kursivniy shrift ("cursive type")—from the German word Kursive, meaning italic typefaces and not cursive writing Cursive
handwriting is rukopisniy shrift ("hand-written type") in Russian—in German: Kurrentschrift or Laufschrift, both meaning literally 'running type'

As in Latin
typography, a sans-serif face may have a mechanically sloped oblique type (naklonniy shrift—"sloped", or "slanted type") instead of italic. Similarly to Latin
fonts, italic and cursive types of many Cyrillic letters (typically lowercase; uppercase only for hand-written or stylish types) are very different from their upright roman types. In certain cases, the correspondence between uppercase and lowercase glyphs does not coincide in Latin
and Cyrillic fonts: for example, italic Cyrillic ⟨т⟩ is the lowercase counterpart of ⟨Т⟩ not of ⟨М⟩. A boldfaced type is called poluzhirniy shrift ("semi-bold type"), because there existed fully boldfaced shapes that have been out of use since the beginning of the 20th century. A bold italic combination (bold slanted) does not exist for all font families. In Standard Serbian, as well as in Macedonian,[17] some italic and cursive letters are different from those used in other languages. These letter shapes are often used in upright fonts as well, especially for advertisements, road signs, inscriptions, posters and the like, less so in newspapers or books. The Cyrillic lowercase ⟨б⟩ has a slightly different design both in the roman and italic types, which is similar to the lowercase Greek letter delta, ⟨δ⟩. The following table shows the differences between the upright and italic Cyrillic letters of the Russian alphabet. Italic forms significantly different from their upright analogues, or especially confusing to users of a Latin
alphabet, are highlighted.

Also available as a graphical image.

а б в г д е ё ж з и й к л м н о п р с т у ф х ц ч ш щ ъ ы ь э ю я

а б в г д е ё ж з и й к л м н о п р с т у ф х ц ч ш щ ъ ы ь э ю я

Note: in some fonts or styles, lowercase italic Cyrillic ⟨д⟩ (⟨д⟩) may look like Latin
⟨g⟩ and lowercase italic Cyrillic ⟨т⟩ (⟨т⟩) may look exactly like a capital italic ⟨T⟩ (⟨T⟩), only small.

Distribution of the Cyrillic script
Cyrillic script
worldwide.   Cyrillic is the sole official script.   Cyrillic is co-official with another alphabet. In the cases of Moldova and Georgia, this is in breakaway regions not recognized by the central government.   Cyrillic is not official, but is in common use as a legacy script.   Cyrillic is not used

Cyrillic alphabets[edit] Main article: Cyrillic alphabets Among others, Cyrillic is the standard script for writing the following languages:

Slavic languages: Belarusian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbo-Croatian
(for Standard Serbian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin), Ukrainian Non-Slavic languages: Abkhaz, Aleut (now mostly in church texts), Bashkir, Chuvash, Erzya, Kazakh (to be replaced by Latin script
Latin script
by 2025[18]), Kildin Sami, Komi, Kyrgyz, Mari, Moksha, Mongolian, Ossetic, Romani (some dialects), Sakha/Yakut, Tajik, Tatar, Tlingit (now only in church texts), Tuvan, Udmurt, Yuit (Siberian Yupik), and Yupik (in Alaska).

The Cyrillic script
Cyrillic script
has also been used for languages of Alaska,[19] Slavic Europe
Slavic Europe
(except for Western Slavic and some Southern Slavic), the Caucasus, Siberia, and the Russian Far East. The first alphabet derived from Cyrillic was Abur, used for the Komi language. Other Cyrillic alphabets
Cyrillic alphabets
include the Molodtsov alphabet
Molodtsov alphabet
for the Komi language
Komi language
and various alphabets for Caucasian languages. Name[edit] Since the script was conceived and popularised by the followers of Cyril and Methodius, rather than by Cyril and Methodius
Cyril and Methodius
themselves, its name denotes homage rather than authorship. The name "Cyrillic" often confuses people who are not familiar with the script's history, because it does not identify a country of origin (in contrast to the "Greek alphabet"). Some call it the "Russian alphabet" because Russian is the most popular and influential alphabet based on the script. Some Bulgarian intellectuals, notably Stefan Tsanev, have expressed concern over this, and have suggested that the Cyrillic script
Cyrillic script
be called the "Bulgarian alphabet" instead, for the sake of historical accuracy.[20] In Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, and Serbian, the Cyrillic script
Cyrillic script
is also known as azbuka, derived from the old names of the first two letters of most Cyrillic alphabets
Cyrillic alphabets
(just as the term alphabet came from the first two Greek letters alpha and beta). History[edit] Main article: Early Cyrillic alphabet

A page from Azbuka, the first Ruthenian language
Ruthenian language
textbook, printed by Ivan Fyodorov in 1574. This page features the Cyrillic alphabet.

History of the alphabet

Egyptian hieroglyphs
Egyptian hieroglyphs
32 c. BCE

32 c. BCE

Demotic 7 c. BCE

Meroitic 3 c. BCE

Proto-Sinaitic 19 c. BCE

Ugaritic 15 c. BCE Epigraphic South Arabian 9 c. BCE

Ge’ez 5–6 c. BCE

Phoenician 12 c. BCE

Paleo-Hebrew 10 c. BCE

Samaritan 6 c. BCE

3 c. BCE


Paleohispanic (semi-syllabic) 7 c. BCE Aramaic 8 c. BCE

4 c. BCE Brāhmī 4 c. BCE

Brahmic family
Brahmic family

E.g. Tibetan 7 c. CE Devanagari
13 c. CE

Canadian syllabics 1840

Hebrew 3 c. BCE Pahlavi 3 c. BCE

Avestan 4 c. CE

Palmyrene 2 c. BCE Syriac 2 c. BCE

Nabataean 2 c. BCE

Arabic 4 c. CE

N'Ko 1949 CE

Sogdian 2 c. BCE

Orkhon (old Turkic) 6 c. CE

Old Hungarian c. 650 CE

Old Uyghur

Mongolian 1204 CE

Mandaic 2 c. CE

Greek 8 c. BCE

Etruscan 8 c. BCE

7 c. BCE

Cherokee (syllabary; letter forms only) c. 1820 CE

Runic 2 c. CE Ogham
(origin uncertain) 4 c. CE

Coptic 3 c. CE Gothic 3 c. CE Armenian 405 CE Georgian (origin uncertain) c. 430 CE Glagolitic
862 CE Cyrillic c. 940 CE

Old Permic 1372 CE

1443 (probably influenced by Tibetan) Thaana
18 c. CE (derived from Brahmi numerals)

v t e

The Cyrillic script
Cyrillic script
was created in the First Bulgarian Empire.[21] Its first variant, the Early Cyrillic alphabet, was created at the Preslav Literary School. It is derived from the Greek uncial script letters, augmented by ligatures and consonants from the older Glagolitic alphabet for sounds not found in Greek. Tradition holds that Cyrillic and Glagolitic
were formalized either by Saints Cyril and Methodius who brought Christianity to the southern Slavs, or by their disciples.[22][23][24][25] Paul Cubberley posits that although Cyril may have codified and expanded Glagolitic, it was his students in the First Bulgarian Empire
First Bulgarian Empire
under Tsar Simeon the Great that developed Cyrillic from the Greek letters in the 890s as a more suitable script for church books.[21] Later Cyrillic spread among other Slavic peoples, as well as among non-Slavic Vlachs. Cyrillic and Glagolitic
were used for the Church Slavonic
Church Slavonic
language, especially the Old Church Slavonic
Old Church Slavonic
variant. Hence expressions such as "И is the tenth Cyrillic letter" typically refer to the order of the Church Slavonic
Church Slavonic
alphabet; not every Cyrillic alphabet uses every letter available in the script. The Cyrillic script
Cyrillic script
came to dominate Glagolitic
in the 12th century. The literature produced in the Old Bulgarian language
Bulgarian language
soon spread north and became the lingua franca of the Balkans and Eastern Europe, where it came to also be known as Old Church Slavonic.[26][27][28][29][30] The alphabet used for the modern Church Slavonic language in Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
rites still resembles early Cyrillic. However, over the course of the following millennium, Cyrillic adapted to changes in spoken language, developed regional variations to suit the features of national languages, and was subjected to academic reform and political decrees. A notable example of such linguistic reform can be attributed to Vuk Stefanović Karadžić who updated the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet
Serbian Cyrillic alphabet
by removing certain graphemes no longer represented in the vernacular, and introducing graphemes specific to Serbian (i.e. Љ Њ Ђ Ћ Џ Ј), distancing it from Church Slavonic
Church Slavonic
alphabet in use prior to the reform. Today, many languages in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and northern Eurasia
are written in Cyrillic alphabets. Relationship to other writing systems[edit] Latin

Map showing the expansion of the use of Latin alphabet
Latin alphabet
in areas of former Yugoslavia.

A number of languages written in a Cyrillic alphabet have also been written in a Latin
alphabet, such as Azerbaijani, Uzbek, Serbian and Romanian (in the Republic of Moldova
Republic of Moldova
until 1989, in Romania
throughout the 19th century). After the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, some of the former republics officially shifted from Cyrillic to Latin. The transition is complete in most of Moldova (except the breakaway region of Transnistria, where Moldovan Cyrillic is official), Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan, but Uzbekistan
still uses both systems. The Russian government has mandated that Cyrillic must be used for all public communications in all federal subjects of Russia, to promote closer ties across the federation.[citation needed] This act was controversial for speakers of many Slavic languages; for others, such as Chechen and Ingush speakers, the law had political ramifications. For example, the separatist Chechen government mandated a Latin script
Latin script
which is still used by many Chechens. Those in the diaspora especially refuse to use the Chechen Cyrillic alphabet, which they associate with Russian imperialism.

Map of European countries by script of national language.

Alphabets in Europe   Greek   Greek & Latin   Latin    Latin
and Cyrillic   Cyrillic   Georgian   Armenian

Standard Serbian uses both the Cyrillic and Latin
scripts. Cyrillic is nominally the official script of Serbia's administration according to the Serbian constitution;[31] however, the law does not regulate scripts in standard language, or standard language itself by any means. In practice the scripts are equal, with Latin
being used more often in a less official capacity.[32] The Zhuang alphabet, used between the 1950s and 1980s in portions of the People's Republic of China, used a mixture of Latin, phonetic, numeral-based, and Cyrillic letters. The non- Latin
letters, including Cyrillic, were removed from the alphabet in 1982 and replaced with Latin
letters that closely resembled the letters they replaced. Romanization[edit] There are various systems for Romanization
of Cyrillic text, including transliteration to convey Cyrillic spelling in Latin
letters, and transcription to convey pronunciation. Standard Cyrillic-to- Latin
transliteration systems include:

Scientific transliteration, used in linguistics, is based on the Bosnian and Croatian Latin
alphabet. The Working Group on Romanization
Systems[33] of the United Nations recommends different systems for specific languages. These are the most commonly used around the world. ISO 9:1995, from the International Organization for Standardization. American Library Association and Library of Congress Romanization tables for Slavic alphabets (ALA-LC Romanization), used in North American libraries. BGN/PCGN Romanization
(1947), United States Board on Geographic Names & Permanent Committee on Geographical Names for British Official Use). GOST 16876, a now defunct Soviet transliteration standard. Replaced by GOST 7.79, which is ISO 9 equivalent. Volapuk encoding, an informal rendering of Cyrillic text over Latin-alphabet ASCII.

See also Romanization
of Belarusian, Bulgarian, Kyrgyz, Russian, Macedonian and Ukrainian. Cyrillization[edit] Representing other writing systems with Cyrillic letters is called Cyrillization. Computer encoding[edit] Unicode[edit] Main article: Cyrillic script
Cyrillic script
in Unicode As of Unicode
version 10.0, Cyrillic letters, including national and historical alphabets, are encoded across several blocks:

Cyrillic: U+0400–U+04FF Cyrillic Supplement: U+0500–U+052F Cyrillic Extended-A: U+2DE0–U+2DFF Cyrillic Extended-B: U+A640–U+A69F Cyrillic Extended-C: U+1C80–U+1C8F Phonetic Extensions: U+1D2B, U+1D78 Combining Half Marks: U+FE2E–U+FE2F

The characters in the range U+0400 to U+045F are basically the characters from ISO 8859-5 moved upward by 864 positions. The characters in the range U+0460 to U+0489 are historic letters, not used now. The characters in the range U+048A to U+052F are additional letters for various languages that are written with Cyrillic script. Unicode
as a general rule does not include accented Cyrillic letters. A few exceptions are:

combinations that are considered as separate letters of respective alphabets, like Й, Ў, Ё, Ї, Ѓ, Ќ
(as well as many letters of non-Slavic alphabets); two most frequent combinations orthographically required to distinguish homonyms in Bulgarian and Macedonian: Ѐ, Ѝ; a few Old and New Church Slavonic
Church Slavonic
combinations: Ѷ, Ѿ, Ѽ.

To indicate stressed or long vowels, combining diacritical marks can be used after the respective letter (for example, U+0301 ◌́ combining acute accent: ы́ э́ ю́ я́ etc.). Some languages, including Church Slavonic, are still not fully supported.[citation needed] Unicode
5.1, released on 4 April 2008, introduces major changes to the Cyrillic blocks. Revisions to the existing Cyrillic blocks, and the addition of Cyrillic Extended A (2DE0...2DFF) and Cyrillic Extended B (A640...A69F), significantly improve support for the early Cyrillic alphabet, Abkhaz, Aleut, Chuvash, Kurdish, and Moksha.[34] Other[edit] Punctuation for Cyrillic text is similar to that used in European Latin-alphabet languages. Other character encoding systems for Cyrillic:

CP866 – 8-bit Cyrillic character encoding established by Microsoft for use in MS-DOS
also known as GOST-alternative. Cyrillic characters go in their native order, with a "window" for pseudographic characters. ISO/IEC 8859-5 – 8-bit Cyrillic character encoding established by International Organization for Standardization KOI8-R – 8-bit native Russian character encoding. Invented in the USSR for use on Soviet clones of American IBM and DEC computers. The Cyrillic characters go in the order of their Latin
counterparts, which allowed the text to remain readable after transmission via a 7-bit line that removed the most significant bit from each byte—the result became a very rough, but readable, Latin
transliteration of Cyrillic. Standard encoding of early 1990s for Unix
systems and the first Russian Internet encoding. KOI8-U KOI8-R with addition of Ukrainian letters. MIK – 8-bit native Bulgarian character encoding for use in Microsoft DOS. Windows-1251 – 8-bit Cyrillic character encoding established by Microsoft
for use in Microsoft
Windows. The simplest 8-bit Cyrillic encoding—32 capital chars in native order at 0xc0–0xdf, 32 usual chars at 0xe0–0xff, with rarely used "YO" characters somewhere else. No pseudographics. Former standard encoding in some GNU/Linux distributions for Belarusian and Bulgarian, but currently displaced by UTF-8. GOST-main. GB 2312 – Principally simplified Chinese encodings, but there are also the basic 33 Russian Cyrillic letters (in upper- and lower-case). JIS and Shift JIS
Shift JIS
– Principally Japanese encodings, but there are also the basic 33 Russian Cyrillic letters (in upper- and lower-case).

Keyboard layouts[edit] See also: Keyboard layouts for non- Latin
alphabetic scripts Each language has its own standard keyboard layout, adopted from typewriters. With the flexibility of computer input methods, there are also transliterating or phonetic/homophonic keyboard layouts made for typists who are more familiar with other layouts, like the common English qwerty keyboard. When practical Cyrillic keyboard layouts or fonts are not available, computer users sometimes use transliteration or look-alike "volapuk" encoding to type languages that are normally written with the Cyrillic alphabet. See also[edit]

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alphabets, 2008, O.Ed. "The two early Slavic alphabets, the Cyrillic and the Glagolitic, were invented by St. Cyril, or Constantine (c. 827–869), and St. Methodii (c. 825–884). These men from Thessaloniki who became apostles to the southern Slavs, whom they converted to Christianity." ^ Kazhdan, Alexander P. (1991). The Oxford dictionary of Byzantium. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 507. ISBN 0-19-504652-8. Constantine (Cyril) and his brother Methodius were the sons of the droungarios Leo and Maria, who may have been a Slav.  ^ "On the relationship of old Church Slavonic
Church Slavonic
to the written language of early Rus'" Horace G. Lunt; Russian Linguistics, Volume 11, Numbers 2–3 / January, 1987 ^ Schenker, Alexander (1995). The Dawn of Slavic. Yale University Press. pp. 185–186, 189–190.  ^ Lunt, Horace. Old Church Slavonic
Old Church Slavonic
Grammar. Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 3–4.  ^ Wien, Lysaght (1983). Old Church Slavonic
Old Church Slavonic
(Old Bulgarian)-Middle Greek-Modern English dictionary. Verlag Bruder Hollinek.  ^ Benjamin W. Fortson. Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction, p. 374 ^ Serbian constitution ^ http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2008/0529/p20s01-woeu.html ^ UNGEGN Working Group on Romanization
Systems ^ "IOS Universal Multiple-Octet Coded Character Set" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-13. 


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(version 2.5), pp. 262–264. Vancouver, Hartley & Marks. ISBN 0-88179-133-4. Nezirović, M. (1992). Jevrejsko-španjolska književnost. Sarajevo: Svjetlost. [cited in Šmid, 2002] Šmid, Katja (2002). ""Los problemas del estudio de la lengua sefardí" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 April 2008.  (603 KiB)", in Verba Hispanica, vol X. Liubliana: Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Liubliana. ISSN 0353-9660. 'The Lives of St. Tsurho and St. Strahota', Bohemia, 1495, Vatican Library Philipp Ammon: Tractatus slavonicus. in: Sjani (Thoughts) Georgian Scientific Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, N 17, 2016, pp. 248–56

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The Cyrillic Charset Soup overview and history of Cyrillic charsets. Transliteration
of Non-Roman Scripts, a collection of writing systems and transliteration tables History and development of the Cyrillic alphabet Cyrillic Alphabets of Slavic Languages review of Cyrillic charsets in Slavic Languages. data entry in Old Cyrillic / Стара Кирилица Cyrillic and its Long Journey East - NamepediA Blog, article about the Cyrillic script Vladimir M. Alpatov (24 January 2013). " Latin
for the Russian Language". Soundcloud (Podcast). The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 

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Slavic languages


Proto-Balto-Slavic Up to Proto-Slavic Proto-Slavic (Accent) Old Church Slavonic Modern languages Cyril and Methodius Cyrillic script Glagolitic

West Slavic languages

Czech Kashubian Polabian Middle Polish Old Polish Polish Pomeranian Slovak Slovincian Lower Sorbian Upper Sorbian

East Slavic languages

Belarusian Iazychie Old East Slavic Old Novgorodian Russian Ruthenian Ukrainian

South Slavic languages

Bulgarian Macedonian Serbo-Croatian

Bosnian Croatian Montenegrin Serbian


Constructed languages

Church Slavonic Pan-Slavic language

Interslavic Slovio


Separate Slavic dialects and microlanguages

Balachka Banat Bulgarian Burgenland Croatian Carpathian Rusyn Canadian Ukrainian Chakavian Cieszyn Silesian Czechoslovak Eastern Slovak Kajkavian Knaanic Lach Lesser Polish Masovian Masurian Moravian Molise Croatian Pannonian Rusyn Podhale Prekmurje Slovene Resian Shtokavian Silesian Slavic dialects of Greece Surzhyk Torlakian Trasianka West Polesian

Historical phonology

Slavic first palatalization Slavic second palatalization Slavic liquid metathesis and pleophony Dybo's law Havlík's law Hirt's law Illič-Svityč's law Ivšić's law Meillet's law Pedersen's law Ruki sound law Winter's law

Italics indicate extinct languages.

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Types of writing systems


History of writing Grapheme


Writing systems

undeciphered inventors constructed

Languages by writing system / by first written accounts






Arabic Pitman shorthand Hebrew

Ashuri Cursive Rashi Solitreo

Tifinagh Manichaean Nabataean Old North Arabian Pahlavi Pegon Phoenician


Proto-Sinaitic Psalter Punic Samaritan South Arabian

Zabur Musnad

Sogdian Syriac

ʾEsṭrangēlā Serṭā Maḏnḥāyā

Teeline Shorthand Ugaritic




Asamiya (Ôxômiya) Bānglā Bhaikshuki Bhujinmol Brāhmī Devanāgarī Dogri Gujarati Gupta Gurmukhī Kaithi Kalinga Khojki Khotanese Khudawadi Laṇḍā Lepcha Limbu Mahajani Meitei Mayek Modi Multani Nāgarī Nandinagari Odia 'Phags-pa Newar Ranjana Sharada Saurashtra Siddhaṃ Soyombo Sylheti Nagari Takri Tibetan

Uchen Umê

Tirhuta Tocharian Zanabazar Square Zhang-Zhung

Drusha Marchen Marchung Pungs-chen Pungs-chung


Ahom Balinese Batak Baybayin Bhattiprolu Buhid Burmese Chakma Cham Grantha Goykanadi Hanunó'o Javanese Kadamba Kannada Karen Kawi Khmer Kulitan Lanna Lao Leke Lontara Malayalam Maldivian

Dhives Akuru Eveyla Akuru Thaana

Mon Old Makassarese Old Sundanese Pallava Pyu Rejang Rencong Sinhala Sundanese Tagbanwa Tai Le Tai Tham Tai Viet Tamil Telugu Thai Tigalari Vatteluttu

Kolezhuthu Malayanma



Boyd's syllabic shorthand Canadian syllabics

Blackfoot Déné syllabics

Fox I Ge'ez Gunjala Gondi Japanese Braille Jenticha Kayah Li Kharosthi Mandombe Masaram Gondi Meroitic Miao Mwangwego Sorang Sompeng Pahawh Hmong Thomas Natural Shorthand



Abkhaz Adlam Armenian Avestan Avoiuli Bassa Vah Borama Carian Caucasian Albanian Coorgi–Cox alphabet Coptic Cyrillic Deseret Duployan shorthand

Chinook writing

Early Cyrillic Eclectic shorthand Elbasan Etruscan Evenki Fox II Fraser Gabelsberger shorthand Garay Georgian

Asomtavruli Nuskhuri Mkhedruli

Glagolitic Gothic Gregg shorthand Greek Greco-Iberian alphabet Hangul Hanifi IPA Kaddare Latin

Beneventan Blackletter Carolingian minuscule Fraktur Gaelic Insular Kurrent Merovingian Sigla Sütterlin Tironian notes Visigothic

Luo Lycian Lydian Manchu Mandaic Medefaidrin Molodtsov Mongolian Mru Neo-Tifinagh New Tai Lue N'Ko Ogham Oirat Ol Chiki Old Hungarian Old Italic Old Permic Orkhon Old Uyghur Osage Osmanya Pau Cin Hau Runic

Anglo-Saxon Cipher Dalecarlian Elder Futhark Younger Futhark Gothic Marcomannic Medieval Staveless

Sidetic Shavian Somali Tifinagh Vagindra Visible Speech Vithkuqi Wancho Zaghawa


Braille Maritime flags Morse code New York Point Semaphore line Flag semaphore Moon type


Adinkra Aztec Blissymbol Dongba Ersu Shaba Emoji IConji Isotype Kaidā Míkmaq Mixtec New Epoch Notation Painting Nsibidi Ojibwe Hieroglyphs Siglas poveiras Testerian Yerkish Zapotec


Chinese family of scripts

Chinese Characters

Simplified Traditional Oracle bone script Bronze Script Seal Script

large small bird-worm

Hanja Idu Kanji Chữ nôm Zhuang


Jurchen Khitan large script Sui Tangut


Akkadian Assyrian Elamite Hittite Luwian Sumerian

Other logo-syllabic

Anatolian Bagam Cretan Isthmian Maya Proto-Elamite Yi (Classical)


Demotic Hieratic Hieroglyphs


Hindu-Arabic Abjad Attic (Greek) Muisca Roman



Celtiberian Northeastern Iberian Southeastern Iberian Khom


Espanca Pahawh Hmong Khitan small script Southwest Paleohispanic Zhuyin fuhao


ASLwrite SignWriting si5s Stokoe Notation


Afaka Bamum Bété Byblos Cherokee Cypriot Cypro-Minoan Ditema tsa Dinoko Eskayan Geba Great Lakes Algonquian syllabics Iban Japanese

Hiragana Katakana Man'yōgana Hentaigana Sogana Jindai moji

Kikakui Kpelle Linear B Linear Elamite Lisu Loma Nüshu Nwagu Aneke script Old Persian Cuneiform Vai Woleai Yi (Modern) Yugtun

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1829 braille International uniformity ASCII braille Unicode
braille patterns


French-ordered scripts (see for more)

Albanian Amharic Arabic Armenian Azerbaijani Belarusian Bharati

(Hindi  / Marathi  / Nepali) Bengali Punjabi Sinhalese Tamil Urdu etc.

Bulgarian Burmese Cambodian Cantonese Catalan Chinese (Mandarin, mainland) Czech Dutch Dzongkha (Bhutanese) English (Unified English) Esperanto Estonian Faroese French Georgian German Ghanaian Greek Guarani Hawaiian Hebrew Hungarian Icelandic Inuktitut (reassigned vowels) Iñupiaq IPA Irish Italian Kazakh Kyrgyz Latvian Lithuanian Maltese Mongolian Māori Navajo Nigerian Northern Sami Persian Philippine Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Samoan Scandinavian Slovak South African Spanish Tatar Taiwanese Mandarin (largely reassigned) Thai & Lao (Japanese vowels) Tibetan Turkish Ukrainian Vietnamese Welsh Yugoslav

Reordered scripts

Algerian Braille

Frequency-based scripts

American Braille

Independent scripts

Japanese Korean Two-Cell Chinese

Eight-dot scripts

Luxembourgish Kanji Gardner–Salinas braille codes (GS8)

Symbols in braille

music Canadian currency marks Computer Braille
Code Gardner–Salinas braille codes (GS8/GS6) International Phonetic Alphabet
(IPA) Nemeth braille code


e-book Braille
embosser Braille
translator Braille
watch Mountbatten Brailler Optical braille recognition Perforation Perkins Brailler Refreshable braille display Slate and stylus Braigo


Louis Braille Charles Barbier Valentin Haüy Thakur Vishva Narain Singh Sabriye Tenberken William Bell Wait


Institute of America Braille
Without Borders Japan Braille
Library National Braille
Association Blindness organizations Schools for the blind American Printing House for the Blind

Other tactile alphabets

Decapoint Moon type New York Point Night writing Vibratese

Related topics

Accessible publishing Braille
literacy RoboBraille

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Electronic writing systems

Emoticons Emoji iConji Leet Unicode

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Internet slang
Internet slang

3arabizi Alay (Indonesia) Denglisch Doge Fingilish (Persian) Greeklish Gyaru-moji (Japan) Jejemon (Philippines) Leet
("1337") Lolspeak / LOLspeak / Kitteh Martian language (Chinese) Miguxês (Portuguese) Padonkaffsky jargon
Padonkaffsky jargon
(Russian) Translit Volapuk

See also English internet slang (at Wiktionary) SMS language

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and transcription into Cyrillic

Existing systems

Chinese French Greek Japanese Korean Esperanto Arabic German Moldovan Romanian Serbian Mongolian Uyghur Hungarian Komi Yakut Georgian Chemical nomenclature


comparison Cyrillic script International Phonetic Alphabet Scientific transliteration of Cyrillic Sovietization Slavicization

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ISO 15924 script codes

Adlm Afak Aghb Ahom Arab Aran Armi Armn Avst Bali Bamu Bass Batk Beng Bhks Blis Bopo Brah Brai Bugi Buhd Cakm Cans Cari Cham Cher Cirt Copt Cpmn Cprt Cyrl Cyrs Deva Dogr Dsrt Dupl Egyd Egyh Egyp Elba Ethi Geok Geor Glag Gong Gonm Goth Gran Grek Gujr Guru Hanb Hang Hani Hano Hans Hant Hatr Hebr Hira Hluw Hmng Hmnp Hrkt Hung Inds Ital Jamo Java Jpan Jurc Kali Kana Khar Khmr Khoj Kitl Kits Knda Kore Kpel Kthi Lana Laoo Latf Latg Latn Leke Lepc Limb Lina Linb Lisu Loma Lyci Lydi Mahj Maka Mand Mani Marc Maya Medf Mend Merc Mero Mlym Modi Mong Moon Mroo Mtei Mult Mymr Narb Nbat Newa Nkdb Nkgb Nkoo Nshu Ogam Olck Orkh Orya Osge Osma Palm Pauc Perm Phag Phli Phlp Phlv Phnx Piqd Plrd Prti Qaaa—Qabx Rjng Rohg Roro Runr Samr Sara Sarb Saur Sgnw Shaw Shrd Shui Sidd Sind Sinh Sogd Sogo Sora Soyo Sund Sylo Syrc Syre Syrj Syrn Tagb Takr Tale Talu Taml Tang Tavt Telu Teng Tfng Tglg Thaa Thai Tibt Tirh Ugar Vaii Visp Wara Wcho Wole Xpeo Xsux Yiii Zanb Zinh Zmth Zsye Zsym Zxxx Zyyy Zzzz

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