Hi! I may I have your permission to use this caligraphic background on this twitter account please. The way I can give credit is to put text on the photo that says : deviantART/NNordenx . I have put it up right now so you can see how it is used. It is not used for profit, but to help a project (as indepedent effort) that catalogs Phil artifacts in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. If you have an objection to my use of it, please let me know and I'd be glad to oblige. Thank you. and kudos to you for a beautiful calligraphic artwork! here is the twitter account where it's used (and hopefully you'll allow it to stay) @10kkwentos Thank you.
The Laguna Copperplate provides proof that our ancestors used old Javanese Kavi as our writing system around the 8th to 10th century. While there is no tangible evidence of Baybayin script being used prior to 15th century other than reports by the Spaniards that literacy is widespread among the natives, suggesting that the writing system has been employed and well grounded in the islands for a very long time already prior to their arrival, probable time-lines can be deduced by theorists when Baybayin replaced or evolved from old Javanese Kavi as our writing system between the 10th to 15th century.
Literacy was introduced to Japan in the form of the Chinese writing system, by way of South Korea before the 5th century but its use became didn't become until widespread around the 7th to the 8th century. Afterward, they then started to use Chinese characters to write Japanese in a style known as man'yōgana, a syllabic script which used Chinese characters for their sounds in order to transcribe the words of Japanese speech syllable by syllable. Over time, new writing systems continued to evolve and eventually the developed into the 3 scripts of Modern Japanese; Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana.
So, to answer your question...
Even though both baybayin and Japanese writing systems began its development, or or evolution, or introduction, or divergence from much more older scripts (Indic/Brahmic/Kavi/Malay and Chinese/Korean) around the same time (sometime after the 9th & 10th century); because of the continuous usage of Japanese script - Japanese can be considered more matured and older (even though the current Modern Japanese system is much younger); while Baybayin script's development and usage stopped or stunted before it could mature or grow old. And even though Japanese Kana shares similar Indic influences as Baybayin Script, the Japanese Kanji's parent system (Chinese) has older neolithic origins.
In short - Japanese script is older than Baybayin script because its origins or parent systems, the Chinese logogram is older than Bramic script.
salamat nordenx! thats plenty full of information! and I needed it.
I wondered some time ago, what would happen if the usage of baybayin together with other' provinces' writing system if not halted would look like today.
Kasi po, im actually insisting to come up with a writing system for our language. di ko po alam kung sa sariling pakiramdam ko lang to, medyo nahihirapan ako basahin ang Tagalog in Roman characters. but this is just my thought for now, it might be that Im the only one experiencing it and might be im the one who has problem reading xD.