The word “Gothic” is used in three very different senses to describe writing systems:
(1) the Gothic alphabet: historically written in an uncial style, and invented for the Gothic language;
(2) the Visigothic script: a minuscule script of the Latin alphabet, used in Iberia to write Latin text, developed when Iberia was ruled by the Visigoths; and
(3) “gothic” scripts: a popular name for many blackletter scripts of the Latin alphabet (including Fraktur); these have been used for writing many languages.
This page (http://scriptsource.org/scr/Goth) is intended for (1) only.
My concerns about this page:
(a) Writing systems that use this script: Bavarian written with Gothic script
I would be amazed if this were true. I suspect the reference means (3): blackletter (Latin alphabet).
(b) Writing systems that use this script: Lithuanian written with Gothic script
I would also be amazed if this were true: Wikipedia says the earliest texts date from 1,500 AD. I suspect the reference means (3): blackletter (Latin alphabet).
(c) Script Description: was used from approximately 350AD until approximately 700AD.
Our knowledge of the Gothic alphabet is just about limited to the Codex Argenteus, which is so uniform that we must think it was all written by one person. What are the two documents dated 350 years apart?
(d) Sources for this script: Gedenktafel 1801 - Flickr
I have followed this link ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/46019290@N00/2516876792). The image is clearly of the Latin alphabet. (The caption “fracture” is inaccurate: the script is blackletter, but not Fraktur.)
It is thirty years since I studied Gothic, so perhaps something new has been discovered since then. If there is something new, I would love to be told.
|Contributor||Alan David Bernard Hughes|