Blissymbolics were developed by Charles K. Bliss (1897-1985). Bliss
originally called his invention "Semantography" and intended
for it to be used as a universal written language which would enable
speakers of different languages to communicate with one another.
Since 1971 Blissymbolics have been used mainly as a communication aid for people
with communication, language and learning difficulties. Such people have
limited or no ability to use ordinary spoken and/or written language but manage
to learn Blissymbolics.
- Blissymbolics consists of over 2,000 basic symbols which can be combined
together to create a huge variety of new symbols.
- The symbols can be formed into sentences and their order is based on
English word order
- The symbols are made up of simple shapes designed to be easy to write.
- Blissymbolics are used in over 33 countries.
A selection of Blissymbolics symbols
Information about Blissymbolics
Blissymbolics Communication International - a charitable organisation which promotes and supports
the use of Blissymbolics:
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