|Native to||Liberia, Sierra Leone|
Vai is noteworthy for being one of the few sub-Saharan African languages to have a writing system that is not based on the Latin script. This Vai script is a syllabary invented by Momolu Duwalu Bukele around 1833, although dates as early as 1815 have been alleged. The existence of Vai was reported in 1834 by American missionaries in the Missionary Herald of the ABCFM  and independently by Rev. Sigismund Wilhelm Koelle, a Sierra Leone agent of the Church Mission Society of London.
The Vai script was used to print the New Testament in the Vai language, dedicated in 2003.
|Oral vowels||Nasal vowels|
- Vai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Vai". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Ethnologue report for Vai
- "Report of Messrs. Wilson and Wynkoop". Missionary Herald. June 1834. p. 215.
- "A Written language in Western Africa". The New-Jerusalem magazine (A. Howard) 23 (10): 431.
- Vai Script workshop
- Omniglot entry on Vai script
- Smithsonian exhibit on Vai and other African scripts
- Online Vai language dictionary
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Vai
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