Norstrilian

Ian James
© March 2014

script name

This is another easily hand-written, phonetically constructed script from my Phonological Cypher series. The name refers to a planet mentioned in the work of science fiction author Cordwainer Smith, a place where the immortality drug stroon is produced. In turn it comes from “Old North Australia”, which is a reference back in time to my current location.

Consonants

There is a fairly regular series for each main phonetic location, plus a few other glyphs somewhat inter-related. It does not have enough consonants to be useful for the Sgai language, but is perfectly fine for English etc. Note the initial forms of [m] and [n] sit upon the baseline.

Vowels & punctuation

The vowel space is divided in a semi-symmetrical way. There are not yet methods for showing nasalization or tone. The marks for punctuation do have some sense of tone associated, with ? rising and ! falling.

Example

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

Shall I compare thee to a summerís day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And summerís lease hath all too short a date.

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