What language is this?

If you have a document in an unfamiliar language and you want to know what language it’s in, here are a few ways to try to find out.

You might try identifying it through this page and links: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/alphabets.htm,
or use the TextCat Language Guesser here:
http://odur.let.rug.nl/~vannoord/TextCat/Demo/textcat.html
(note that many links are broken on this page, but the guesser was working as of 27 August 2012).

Another fascinating resource is the Library of Congress ALA-LC Romanization Tables, which give guidance as to how to transliterate other orthographies (writing systems) into Roman type.
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/roman.html.

If you have been told that the document originates in Eastern Europe, then feel free to send me an excerpt (by fax or as a gif, jpeg, or pdf by e-mail — see the about page for contact info) and tell me you’d like to know what language it is. If I can, I will identify the language and subject for you.* If I cannot identify the language, I will let you know that as well.

*Free of charge, but without obligation or guarantee.

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