Bass writing is an alphabet used to write the bass language, one of the languages of Liberia . The bass language belongs to the Kru languages and has about 300,000 native speakers who live mainly in Liberia (see bass (people) ).
|Type of letter||consonant vocal writing|
|Creator||Thomas Narvin Lewis|
|date of creation||OK. 1900|
The Bass script is sometimes described as a syllabic script similar to Wai script. In fact, bass writing is an alphabet . It includes 30 consonants , 7 vowels and five tones . Tones are indicated by a system of dots and dashes placed inside vowels.
On bass, it is called "wah", which means "put a sign."
The origin of the bass alphabet is unclear.
According to one version, the alphabet has an ancient origin, but went out of use in Liberia in the 19th century. . In the 1900s, a bass bass named Thomas Narvin Lewis (Flo Darwin Lewis, llamado Thomas Gbianvoodeh Lewis) discovered that former bass bass slaves living in Brazil and the West Indies still use their own script . Lewis had never encountered this alphabet before, and after he learned it himself, he decided to revive the Bass script in Liberia .
According to another version, the alphabet was developed by Lewis independently.
Lewis received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Syracuse in the USA . After graduation, he returned to Liberia , having previously ordered a printing press in Dresden for his writing. In Liberia, he founded a school in which training took place on the bass writing. The first book was published around 1907.
Currently, the IPA has largely replaced the writing of bass mainly due to technical difficulties with the latter in publishing. However, it is highly respected and is still used by older people, mainly for keeping records.