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Writing systems of the world today.
A writing system is a system of symbols that are used to represent language.
There are different kinds of writing systems, with symbols that represent different things: logographic, syllabic and alphabetic. Beside natural scripts, there are also constructed scripts.
A logographic system, is a writing system with symbols that mean whole words, symbols that represent things or ideas. These symbols are called logogram or logograph. An example for a logographic writing system is the system used for the Chinese language.
A syllabary is a writing system with symbols that mean a syllable. An example for syllabaries are the hiragana and katakana used for the Japanese language.
An alphabet is a writing system with symbols that mean a sound. An example for an alphabetic writing system is the Roman alphabet, which is used in large parts of the world.