UniSkript Research and Literacy Institute began informally in the mid-2000s, when its principle founders, Gregory Newman and Bob Norsworthy, were invited to engage with a group of linguists led by David Hamilton, Vice President of Strategic Innovation for the University of the Nations, and Edson Suzuki and Marcia dos Santos, veteran Linguists working over 20 plus years in the linguistics field decoding indigenous languages among tribal people in the Amazon.
The team was working on a project based upon the life work of a Korean Linguist Dr. Kim Cho, from the University of New York. Basing her work on an ancient alphabet commissioned by Korean King Sejong in the mid 1400’s, Dr. Cho developed a new alphabet called Nurigeul. Her hope was to extend the Korean alphabet so that it could match sounds of other languages in hopes of creating a universal writing system.
The UniSkript team over a number of years realized they needed to harvest principles and seed concepts from the ancient Korean system but break from the ties to the purely Korean system to create a new orthography development system that would come from a global and universal phonological framework. As a result the UniSkript proto-orthography was created and a completely new system and methodology was developed to generate new alphabets.
As a result Developers have worked together to perfect and refine the methodology and system and to date have generated and culturally contextualized orthographies and literature in twenty distinct languages throughout Asia, Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, and in United States English.
UniSkript Research and Literacy Institute (URLI) and UniSkript Corporation were formalized to develop non-profit and commercial applications for Linguistics and Literacy in 2011.