is the alphabet originally used for writing the Gothic language
, one of the first recorded languages of northern Europe
is an extinct East Germanic
language; this entire branch of Germanic
has died out.
Gothic is primarily based on Greek script, with some influences from Latin and Runic scripts. Additionally, Gothic was typically written without any space or punctuation between words (scriptio continua).
The Gothic script was devised in the fourth century by Wulfila, Gothic bishop (311-383 CE) to make possible his translation of the Bible and to provide the Goths with a written language. Fragments of Wulfila's Bible are among the the few remaining examples of Gothic script, which are important in the study of linguistics and the historical study of the New Testament. The chief manuscript is kept at Uppsala, Sweden. It is known as the Codex Argenteus or "the Silver Book", and is written in gold on purple parchment.