Multialphabetism is where a mix of more than one alphabet is used. This can have different reasons:
- Cretain languages can be written using more than one alphabet. Examples for this are Japanese. It is possible to use Kanji, which is based on logograms to write Japanese, but also hiragana or katakana which are syllabic writing systems. Because many people know the Roman alphabet, some writing uses Romanization to help foreigners.
- Moldovan is officially written in the Roman alphabet, because it is almost identical to the Romanian language. In parts of Moldovia, the Cyrillic script is used though. The written languages are identical but use different scripts.
- Multialphabetism can also be the result of speaking many languages, and using the respective script for each.
- Only certain names are spelled in the original language. These use special characters.