Dast-e Zomorrod

Ian James
© September 2011

script name

This is a script modeled roughly on the component-based scripts of SIGIL (see main Orthographies page). It follows after Cairngorm in a series of easy-to-write alphabets founded on phonetic principles. The secondary name is Persian for “Emerald Hand”.

Main consonant series

As with early versions of SIGIL, each glyph has a base shape establishing phoneme location, with fairly regular additions showing the manner of articulation. Phonemes in blue are a little different from what would be expected. Phonemes in red are not represented in the current font, but their glyphs can easily be deduced.

consonant series


The vowel inventory is quite small, harking back to early designs for SIGIL. Rounded vowels use the simple device of a circle. Vowels are shown here with the glottal plosive.


Other glyphs and modifiers

In order to represent retroflex consonants, the /r/ semivowel is written after T or ss consonants.

other glyphs

Sample text

This is the beginning of Shakespeare’s sonnet 18 again (transliteration only), for comparison with versions of SIGIL etc.

a passage of Darian 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.”



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Last modified Sep.24,2011