—Yo no digo esta canción sino a quién conmigo va. (xenoamorist) wrote in linguaphiles,
—Yo no digo esta canción sino a quién conmigo va.

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Vertical writing

My Mongolian (from Inner Mongolia) friend told me that, when he was in elementary or middle school, his teacher told him that Mongolian is the only writing system that is purely vertical. I replied that Chinese, Korean, and Japanese can all be written vertically, but he said that they weren't 100% vertical because you still have to write components horizontally before continuing down vertically, whereas in Mongolian there's no horizontal writing (apart from just horizontal strokes, I presume).

Is this true? Are there other writing systems that are purely vertical?

ETA: To clarify, in CJK writing systems, it's the individual characters that are zigzagging, not the lines themselves. For instance, if you were to write 想, you would write 木, then 目, then 心, with the first two components written horizontally before you continue down vertically to the 心. Whereas in Mongolian, there's no horizontal movement before you write downward, from what I can gather from the writing.

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