Does the English language, or any other language for that matter provide the flexibility to add or remove new alphabets?

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    I don't understand the question. What does it mean to add or remove an alphabet? Remove all traces of its previous use and existence? There is Linear A which has been mostly removed; but it wasn't removed by a language, t was removed by broader cultural change. – user6726 Aug 13 '16 at 23:44
  • @user62726 When this was posted on ELU OP disclosed in the comments that "alphabets" was intended to mean "characters" in the alphabet. – StoneyB on hiatus Aug 13 '16 at 23:52
  • @StoneyB, your edit suggestion invalidates the existing answer, so it seems to be better for the OP to ask another question, with full details within. – bytebuster Aug 14 '16 at 1:06
  • If you mean characters in an alphabet, rather than "new alphabets," then you should edit your question accordingly to say so. – user1571 Aug 14 '16 at 1:25
  • шур, ю кэн врайт инглиш ин цыриллик иф ю вонт. – Vladimir F Aug 19 '16 at 17:04

In theory, yes, in practice no.

The user base of written English is so large and dispersed that any changes to the English writing system (including even minor spelling reforms without touching the alphabet) are almost impossible to implement.

There have always been tris to change the basis of English writing, e.g., the Shavian alphabet or the International Teaching Alphabet (ITA), but none of them are going to take off at a larger scale.



There is no necessary connection between languages and the technology (called 'writing') which is used to represent them. Some languages have conventionally been written in several different scripts: any language can be written in any script.

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