Bassa Vah script

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Bassa Vah
Directionleft-to-right Edit this on Wikidata
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Bass, 259 Edit this on Wikidata, ​Bassa Vah
Unicode alias
Bassa Vah
U+16AD0 – U+16AFF[1]
The Bassa vah alphabet.

Bassa Vah, also known as simply vah ('throwing a sign' in Bassa) is an alphabetic script for writing the Bassa language of Liberia.[citation needed] It was invented by Dr. Thomas Flo Lewis.[citation needed] Type was cast for it, and an association for its promotion was formed in Liberia in 1959.[citation needed] It is not used contemporarily and has been classified as a failed script.[2]

Vah is a true alphabet, with 23 consonant letters, 7 vowel letters, and 5 tone diacritics, which are placed inside the vowels. It also has its own marks for commas and periods.[citation needed]


The Bassa Vah alphabet was added to the Unicode Standard in June 2014 with the release of version 7.0.

The Unicode block for the Bassa alphabet is U+16AD0–U+16AFF:

Bassa Vah[1][2]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+16ADx 𖫐 𖫑 𖫒 𖫓 𖫔 𖫕 𖫖 𖫗 𖫘 𖫙 𖫚 𖫛 𖫜 𖫝 𖫞 𖫟
U+16AEx 𖫠 𖫡 𖫢 𖫣 𖫤 𖫥 𖫦 𖫧 𖫨 𖫩 𖫪 𖫫 𖫬 𖫭
U+16AFx 𖫰 𖫱 𖫲 𖫳 𖫴 𖫵
1.^ As of Unicode version 14.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points


  • Coulmas (1999) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems
  1. ^ Final accepted Unicode proposalFinal Accepted Script Proposal
  2. ^ Unseth, Peter. 2011. Invention of Scripts in West Africa for Ethnic Revitalization. In The Success-Failure Continuum in Language and Ethnic Identity Efforts, ed. by Joshua A. Fishman and Ofelia García, pp. 23-32. New York: Oxford University Press.

External links[edit]

  • Proof of some of the origins [1]
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