Loma syllabary Loma

The Loma syllabary was invented during the 1930s by Wido Zobo of Boneketa, Liberia. It was used among the Loma people, mainly for personal correspondence, during the 1930s and 1940s but is no longer used having been replaced by the Latin alphabet.

Loma (Looma) is a Mande language spoken by approximately 310,000 people in Loffa County in the northwest of Liberia.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: syllabary
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
  • Used to write: Loma, a Niger-Congo language spoken in parts of Liberia
  • Consists of 185 symbols.
  • Some syllables here several versions.

Loma syllabary

Loma syllabary
Loma syllabary

The Loma font used on this page was created by Jason Glavy

Mande languages

Bambara, Kpelle, Loma, Mandinka, Mende, Susu, Vai


Bamum, Blackfoot, Caroline Island Script, Carrier, Celtiberian, Cherokee, Cree, Cypriot, Eskayan, Hiragana, Iberian, Inuktitut, Katakana, Kpelle, Loma, Mende, Mwangwego, Ndjuká, Nüshu, Ojibwe, Vai, Yi

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