THE HISTORY

UniSkript is inspired by an ancient Korean alphabet created by King Sejong in 1446, from which the current Korean Hangul alphabet descends. King Sejong’s writing system was studied by Dr. Kim Cho of New York University in Buffalo, and presented at the University of the Nations (UofN) in Kona in 2002.   The desire of Dr. Cho was to see UofN using her extensive research to help eradicate illiteracy in the world. David Hamilton - UofN's President for Innovations - immediately saw the potential of Dr. Cho's findings and started to study the alphabet together with Youngshin Kim, a Korean UofN educator.  After examining the vowels and consonants, Hamilton decided to change the way the vowels were represented, and suggested the use of parallel lines. However, since he was not a linguist, he needed professional help in order to further develop that idea.

In 2006, two Brazilian linguists, the author and Edson Suzuki were invited to provide linguistic advice at UofN and collaborate with Hamilton and Kim’s studies. Because of their specific training and experience of over 20 years developing and revising alphabets for Indigenous languages of the Amazon, the Suzukis were able to further explore the seminal ideas and to develop the concept. They totally redefined all the shapes for vowels and consonants to make them more accurate in terms of phonological associations. Joseph Avakian (UofN) designed the fonts and suggested the  use of the term UniSkript to represent this innovative writing system. Mike Saia worked closely with the team developing practical fonts and keyboards to represent UniSkript letters.

The author, Marcia S. Suzuki,  decided then to develop a scientific procedure aiming at applying the principles of UniSkript cross-linguistically. After several years of research she was able to develop the 4-Questions Technique, briefly discussed in this website.