Damascene Cursive Rubrick

Ian James
© May 2017

/rubrik/ in this script

This is another easily hand-written, phonetically constructed alphabet, like others in my Phonological Cypher series. This script was inspired by, and may be used with the language of, The Red Book by Zipelit Krokshibi. Superficially it resembles Arabic, but it runs from left to right, is fully cursive, and is regularly built from phonological parts.


Consonants are built from four or five locational bases, and are pointed according to the manner of articulation. Somewhat like Arabic, there are single, double and triple dots, plus a mark looking like fatha. Nasals and the trill are marked with a circle. There are some intersections with the Arabic set of letters – teh, theh, seen, sheen and noon.


Vowels use a set of larger shapes. The shape for [a] is reminiscent of the Celtic capital A. The rounded partners of [e] and [i] are formed with a twist at the base. There are special forms for the three diphthongs (the shorthand mark in /au/ looks like the Arabic damma, but it comes from the shape of the second vowel).


This text comes from one of Zipelít’s famous postcards.

Hello (joy on you)! I am writing because I saw your art online.
I want to give you this image that my friend Lavwing “the Lioness” made.


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Last modified May.26,2017