3 Links for Writing Systems

Video resources from NativLang, Tom Scott, and Artifexian

Today’s 3 links are for writing systems: 

Thoth’s Pill: An Animated History of Writing with NativLang

YouTube video series

12 videos ranging from 2 to 6 minutes that playfully summarize major historical developments in writing systems. Colorful animated videos with voiceover. The full series is also available as a single 47-minute compilation video at the end of the playlist. Closed captions in English; some videos, including the compilation, have closed captions in additional languages.

Inuktitut Writing System with Tom Scott

YouTube video

6 minute video describing the Inuktitut writing system, an abugida (alphasyllabary). Makes reference to syllable structures and language typology. Professionally produced. Closed captions in English and 18 additional languages.

Creating a Writing System with Artifexian

YouTube video

8 minute video outlining the dimensions to consider when creating a writing system for a constructed language (conlang). Includes information about types of writing systems and limitations of different writing mediums. PowerPoint-style slides with voiceover. Closed captions in English, Chinese, French, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

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