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Alternative scripts / notation systems

Alternative spelling/writing systems

These writing and spelling systems are alternative ways of writing English and other languages. Most are designed to make it easier to learn how to write English.

Benjamin Franklin's Phonetic Alphabet
Benjamin Franklin's
Phonetic Alphabet
Deseret alphabet
Deseret
Dialectal Paleotype Pitman i.t.a.
Pitman Initial Teaching Alphabet
Quikscript/Read Alphabet
Quikscript/Read Alphabet
Shavian
Shavian

Phonetic alphabets

These writing systems that can be used to phonetically indicate the pronunciation of any language.

International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
Visible Speech
Visible Speech

Other notation systems

Alchemical symbols
Alchemical symbols
Blissymbolics
Blissymbolics
Braille
Braille
Moon alphabet
Moon
Shorthand
Shorthand
Solresol
Solresol
Sutton Sign Writing
Sutton SignWriting
Yi Jing Hexagrams
Yi Jing Hexagrams (六十四卦)

Language-based communication systems

These communication systems are designed to send messages via flags, lights, sound or electric pulses.

Maritime Signal Flags
Maritime Signal Flags
-- --- •-• ••• •
-•-• --- -•• •
Morse code
Semaphore
Semaphore
 

A brief history of communication systems
https://www.mhelpdesk.com/field-service-management-guide-telecommunications-timeline/

Please note

transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) are used extensively throughout this website. The IPA transcriptions are the letters and other symbols which appear in square bracketts, like this [b], [p]. etc.

You can learn about the IPA and phonetics at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet
http://www.nativlang.com/linguistics/ipa-pronunciation-lessons.php
http://cmed.faculty.ku.edu/acdapres/rabeipa/index.html
https://linguischtick.wordpress.com/ipa/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBo5LAVYtX4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2frVKeVTKU



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