Ian James
© September 2011

script name

This is a script modeled roughly on the component-based scripts of SIGIL. It follows after Amethyst and Beryllian in a series of easy-to-write alphabets founded on phonetic principles.

Main consonant series

In this script, the glyphs are modeled so that the phonetic region of the lips is imagined at the top right, whilst the back of the mouth and throat is imagined at the bottom left. Each glyph has a base locational form, which is extended regularly with structures indicating how the phoneme will be articulated. Voicing is indicated with a small crossbar on the vertical stem. (Phonemes in red are not represented in the current font, but their glyphs can easily be deduced.)

consonant series


Vowels are almost identical to those of Beryllian. In the main vowel series, the relevant point of formation in the mouth is indicated with a small circle. Its relative position within the glyph-space roughly reflects its placement in IPA charts. For the centralized vowels, the relevant point is shifted back around the bowl-shape and marked with a notch. The bowls are drawn anti-clockwise.


Other glyphs and modifiers

The /s/ and /z/ glyphs are adapted from the /t/ fricatives. Plain unvoiced lateral fricative is derived from the vowel /l/.

other glyphs

Sample text

This is the beginning of Shakespeare’s sonnet 18 again (transliteration), for comparison with other recent scripts of mine.

a passage of Cairngorm script
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”

cairngorm - Scottish quartz


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Last modified Sep.11,2011