Głagolicy is a way to write Polish with the Glagolitic alphabet - one of the oldest known scripts created to write Slavic languages. It was devised by Allison Powell, who believes that the Latin alphabet is poorly adapted for writing Polish as it lacks many of the Slavic phonemes naturally occurring in this language. The end result leads to long, cumbersome words with several letters needed to achieve Polish phonemes and a slew of messy diacritics that often leave words looking daunting and unsightly.
Głagolicy is intended to write the Polish language in a way that is aesthetically appealing and visually impressive. It just so happens that the letters that make up the Glagolitic script are a nearly perfect match of the phonemes found in Polish, making it an ideal script to write the language.
Even using the Cyrillic script for Polish would involve having to rely on a lot of obsolete letters not typically used in modern Cyrillic scripts since Polish phonology has preserved many sounds that have disappeared from other Slavic languages - the most notable example being nasalized vowels. Głagolicy has all the letters necessary to suit the many preserved archaic sounds (such as nasalization) of the Polish language.
Download an alphabet chart for Głagolicy (Excel)
Ⰲⱎⱏⱄⱌⱏ ⰾⱆⰼⰻⰵ ⱃⱁⰷⱘ ⱎⰻⱔ ⰲⱁⰾⱀⰻ ⰹ ⱃⱆⰲⱀⰻ ⰲ ⱄⰲⱁєⰺ ⰳⱁⰴⱀⱁⱎⰻⱍⰻ ⰹ ⱂⱃⰰⰲⰰⱈ. Ⱄⱘ ⱁⰱⰴⰰⰶⰵⱀⰹ ⱃⱁⰸⱆⰿⰵⰿ ⰹ ⱄⱆⰿⰻⰵⱀⰻⰵⰿ ⰹ ⱂⱁⰲⰹⱀⱀⰻ ⱂⱁⱄⱅⱔⱂⱁⰲⰰⱍⰻ ⰲⱁⰱⰵⱌ ⱎⰻⰵⰱⰻⰵ ⰲ ⰴⱆⱈⱆ ⰱⱃⰰⱅⰵⱃⱄⱅⰲⰰ.
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