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Romanian archaic alphabets

When Wed 12 Sep 0910
Where AP Hogeschool 2
What Track 2
Who Sabina Chipara
The aim of this research is to present an overview of the Romanian archaic alphabets used in the 19th century, a period of transition from Cyrillic letter forms to Latin. In 1862, when Moldavia and Wallachia were both ruled by Alexandru Ioan Cuza, the decision to go back to the Latin roots was taken. It was after this highly important historical moment that a hybrid character design emerged. This study offers an insight into these transitional and archaic letters that tell the history of the Romanian written language. Selected samples from Romanian buildings and prints are used as a base to make a brief historical analysis of these letters’ design particularities. The study was developed during the master course at the University of Art and Design, Bucharest. It is important to highlight the literature and field research at the Romanian Library Academy. Their archives contains original publications from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, when the transitional alphabets and archaic letters were frequently used. This presentation intends to spread the knowledge of Romanian linguistic changes and to show the letter shapes which were born during the transition period.

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