- Khitan script
Infobox Writing system
type=Large script is
Logographic, small script logographic, syllabaryand possibly some phonograms.
Oracle Bone Script
Simplified Chinese, Kanji, Hanja, Chữ Nôm, Zhuyin
Khitan script was the writing system of
Khitan people. AfraidFacts|date=September 2007 that the popularity of Chinese language and writing would blur their distinct identity, the Khitan people of the 10th centurydevised their own alphabet. There were two writing systems for the Khitan language, known as the large script and the small script; they were functionally independent. The former was derived from Chinese (Han characters), and the latter was reportedly created by the scholar Dielaca. 925 AD, and is said to have been inspired by the Uyghur alphabet. However, both scripts have only been decoded to a small extend.
Although there are several clues to its origins, which might point to different origins, the Khitan language is most probably a descendant of Pre-Proto-Mongolic (and thus related to the
Mongolic languages), and its agglutinizing nature is not particularly suited to purely monosyllabic logographs. The small script had logographs as well as characters which were completely phonemic. The Jurchen(ancestors of the Manchupeople) derived their large script in part from Khitan.
* [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/khitan.htm Khitan script on Omniglot]
* [http://linguistlist.org/forms/langs/LLDescription.cfm?code=zkt Linguist List - Description of Kitan]
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