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Mattias Persson
the Unstoppable Alphabet-maker of Uppsala
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Mattias Persson has created hundreds of writing systems over the years (peaking at one per week). Often Mattias takes an existing script and extends it to enable a much larger inventory of phonemes to be written. Many scripts are inspired by the rich Brahmic family of writing systems of India and Southeast Asia. This is a sample of his prolific output, updated regularly. Most recent at the top. Now including hard-to-find scripts invented by others, from his vast collection, shown in pink.

In addition, we have recently found this link: some of Mattias’s older scripts, restored from the Langmaker site, whose server was destroyed by hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Visual index of scripts


My name is Mattias Persson, and I live in Uppsala, about 70 kilometres north-north-west of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. I was born in 1967, in a smaller village called Sala, located about 50 kilometres west-north-west of Uppsala.

As long as I can remember, at least since I was 5 years old, I have loved letters, alphabets, syllabaries and other writing systems. When I was young, I just played with plastic letters, but nowadays, I create new writing systems and research writing from all over the world (using the Internet). I had learnt the Latin alphabet already before starting school, but several years had to pass before I learnt to read properly, at about 11 years of age. At 12, I learnt the Ethiopic abugida from a retired missionary who worked at my school. Greek and Cyrillic followed soon after that, and later, Arabic, and Devanagari (for Hindi). At 17, I met another pair of missionaries, who taught me the Mongolian vertical script, and the Kannarese or Kannada script from southern India.

My favorite type of writing system has always been the Indic so-called syllabic alphabets, and the favorite among the many such scripts in existence has always been the Burmese “round script”, Sa Loun, and its extensions.

When I create a new writing system, I often put the letters in the same order as in the Indic scripts (but not always).

I sometimes produce more than one completed script per week. I also sometimes borrow ideas from, or extend, other peoples’ invented scripts, as I usually find other peoples’ scripts better than my own creations. In such cases, I generally try to get in contact with the original creator, so he or she does not get annoyed or angry. I do not mean to steal the other person’s creations; instead, it should be seen as flattery, and really means that I like the other’s script.

It was such an incident that brought me into contact with Mr Ian James. I had found one of his creations, that I liked, and made a new script in the same style. I wanted to show Ian my script, and found his email address at Simon Ager’s excellent writing system web site, Omniglot.

Of course another important web site for me is where I often find inspiration, despite their rather odd transcription that makes it difficult to learn how to pronounce the new letters.

photo of Mattias Persson 2012

Mattias Persson

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Index of Scripts (181)

Huduk Pravitsa A phonetically based alphabet used by a race of Mathasian giants, on the con-world of Matharth.
Dragon 32 Character set bitmaps from the Dragon 32 computer released by Dragon Data in 1982.
Commodore 64 Character set bitmaps from the VIC-64 computer released by Commodore Business Machines in 1982.
Sinclair ZX81 Character set bitmaps from the ZX81 computer released by Sinclair Research in 1981.
Ljörr A very detailed phonetic alphabet invented by Herman Miller. Mattias’s definitive chart is from August 2011.
Rahha An alphabet reminiscent of Hebrew, invented by James Campbell in the 1990s for his conlang of the same name.
Kantowari A component alphabet with consonant and vowel base shapes each extended, giving a large set of phonemes.
Tengwâr 201703 An alphabet based on Tolkien’s famous elven script, greatly extended and with a full set of vowels.
Verduraish Brahmi An alphabet with features of both Brahmi, and the Verdurian alphabet of Mark Rosenfelder.
Tua Mai Mai Geometric alphabet with regular component construction, with both consonant and vowel shape-sets.
Phoenesir A fully pointed abjad, with features of Phoenician and other ancient scripts.
Ni D’ni An alphabet inspired by R.A. Watson’s D’ni script (the original was used in the games Myst and Riven).
Myannaav Using Burmic script shapes and features from Ian James’s Nav.
Mathynna A regular component syllabary inspired by Justin Cheong’s Grejnhynna.
Matsørebik A regular component syllabary inspired by Leon Jia Huang’s Yembik.
Harriot-zo Related to Harriot’s script of 1585, with features from Lodwick’s script of 1686 and Ian James’s Amethyst.
Verduro Cyrillic An alphabet derived from Cyrillic and using features of the Verdurian alphabet by Mark Rosenfelder.
Aditrawi S’ehaef A phonetic alphabet inspired by the logo of a Swedish company. The name means “Aditro’s script” in Amharic.
Saloun VII Yet another abugida-type script derived from the Burmese script.
Ljerønresh A phonetic script related to Herman Miller’s Ljoerr script; the name means “Ljoerr-like” in Ian James’s Sgai language.
Khatt Brahmi Wakhti A new script vaguely related to Arabic, with Brahmi and the Times Roman font of Latin as inspirations.
Yosora’s Script An abugida where articulation is marked with external diacritics and vowels with internal markings.
Brahelmas A syllabary inspired by the Elmas script for Turkish of Adiljan Barat, with a more Brahmic structure.
Trynsh A syllabary being a slight alteration and full extension of Ian James’s Habloid script.
Pokhi An abugida with geometric assembly; revision of a script from 2004.
DevaLipi A development of Brahmic scripts, with reference to Devanagari.
Thabimande An abjad inspired by Manet Sepúlveda’s Chillkadunguwe script for Mapudungun.
XylphiLoun Inspired by Burmese and Ian James’s Xylphika, a very full script.
IPA no Kaet-Isshai A revisional subset of the IPA with special treatment of diphthongs and triphthongs, and a couple of new consonant symbols.
Pharaino Brahmi-based alphabet with consonantal modifiers derived from Ethiopic, and a geometric set of vowels.
Prak’icha A nicely-flowing component syllabary.
Monto Mai A re-figured and greatly extended version of Ian James’s Monto.
Sauverja A scientific phonetic abjad inspired by several scripts, most importantly Bell’s Visible Speech.
Mu3abi Lipi A phonetic script, inspired by New Moabite.
Naukaitaz A phonetic syllabary ultimately inspired by Kapunuan of Joseph Barretto.
Mp’hriat Ittim Lipi An original alphabet resembling Pahawh Hmong, extended with diacritics. Some characters derived from Thai, Khmer and other SouthEast Asian scripts.
Emeshir A vertically built syllabary with three parts for each character. Inspired by the transcription of Cuneiform scripts.
Cilderyn An elven alphabet with a twist.
Keresimesi Lipi A scientific three-part syllabary resembling the Ethiopic script.
Ngaldemin A horizontally built consonant-vowel-consonant syllabary; can be used for Sumerian, Hausa, Arabic, Klingon, etc.
Truantaan A vowel-centered insular (for Polynesian-type languages) script.
Tulksharthi An attractive component-based syllabary, with some influence from Tullish of Ian James.
Shwanklira Regularized and extended Brahmic script which features some Burmese shapes and a large inventory of vowels.
Lannaa Lue Combines the shapes of traditional Lanna with the structure of Tai Lue script.
Shiwando A component-based syllabary.
Langue d’Hech (extended) A novel use of Latin letters, replacing vowels with patterns of dots & commas.
Klak Sentlai This script was inspired by the graphical style of Hebrew, but it has the structure of Siizu Lipi.
Neo Musnad A stylish script based on South Arabian Musnad.
Darba-t Oriminya An alien script idea from 2002, for a race who look like the Michelin Man, and breathe a chlorine atmosphere.
Old Macisnen A phonetic script designed to be the precursor of Modern Macisnen (below).
Modern Macisnen A phonetic script built consistently from geometric parts, inspired by a sci-fi script of David J. Peterson.
KapunuPhon A component-based script being an extension of Joseph Barretto’s script Kapunuan.
Bethano Lipi A Brahmic script with some new shapes.
Shigorvi A geometric script, modeled on Brahmic series and extended Japanese phonology.
Pelorian A phonetic script, modeled on Brahmic series and Latin shapes.
Thonuvo An LCD style script based on the shapes of hexadecimal digits, with phonetic-featural vowels.
Shorvina Lipi A new treatment and extension of the 7th century Pallava script, including many more vowels.
Extended Khattarese A development of Nasri Khattar’s script Unified Arabic.
Matsandawe Alphabet with phoneme inventory of Sandawe, design started in 2008.
Swaranyana Large alphabet in a Times New Roman style, with forms subtly derived from various Brahmic scripts.
Burmaniora A Burmese derived abugida with some inspiration from Brittanie McCormack’s Niora script.
Tua KhmaeBu A hybrid of Khmer and Burmese where each letter’s vowel variant is determined by the “hair” on its top (like Akson-e-Saq).
Tua Brasylh Regular alphasyllabary with elements of Brahmi within many letter shapes.
Burthaikanlep Abugida with elements of Burmese, Thai, Lao and other Brahmic scripts.
Thivãta Lipi Full alphabet where each letter is built from phonetic parts.
Adamyanu Albethe A phonetic-featured abugida inspired by Lirean of Edward dela Peña.
KyriLue A hybrid and extension of the Cyrillic and Tai Lue scripts.
ExTaiLue An extension of the Tai Lue script.
Matteluttu An extension of the Tamil script, with a chart showing all matras.
Slinseng di Mwargil A cursive alphabet inspired by Slinseng-Fi of Ian James.
Jacobi Lyppai A large semi-syllabary, where complete syllables may be written with two glyphs.
New Lao An extension and modification of the Lao script, with inline vowels.
Thai Kradum A new syllabic system for Thai, where CV forms are connected inline. The roundness is inspired by Oriya, and the name means “Thai as buttons”.
Nâwâ Lipi A Brahmi-Lanna-Khmer hybrid where consonant clusters and diphthongs form subscripts and superscripts, and a full syllable assembly resembles a boat (nâwâ).
Myandarian Burmese-based script with vowel system based on that of Darian by Ian James.
Tëndolat A large Brahmic abugida resembling Oriya.
Gwidchewa A large-inventory abugida resembling Devanagari, inspired by a script called Gurkha (found on Omniglot).
Bashtondo Lipi Similar to Devanagari, with extra phonemes and many new forms.
Dravida Lipi A Brahmi-based alphabet with toned vowels, and sound system similar to Tamil.
Gisvagian Named after a Japanese game character, this script is an interesting development of Tolkien’s script Tengwar.
Oberonlipih A component-based phonetic alphabet with a cursive wavy flow.
Lisan ul‘ayni An abugida where syllables are joined to make wave-like words.
Dargothi An alphabet where glyphs are derived from many sources.
Polynesia Syllabic script where consonants modify vowels, mainly for CV languages.
NeoHatran An extended alphabet derived from a stylization of the ancient Hatran script.
Brahmiyezd An abjad-abugida inspired by a Yezdi cypher.
Xälwori An elvish syllabary.
Lashon An extension of the Hebrew alphabet with many new letter shapes.
Marrana Lipi Alphabet using just a V shape and diacritics.
Burkailau Alphabet inspired by Modern Kayah Li, with extra vowels and influences from Lao and Burmese.
NoMoBel A variation of Bell’s Visible Speech, based on Neo Mon Geometric by Ian James.
Shammai An original Tai alphabet where tone marks attach to the consonant. Sound system is based on Shan.
LikTaiMao Mai A new kind of alphabet, inspired by the “bean sprout” script of Shan, with vowels derived from ancient Samaritan.
Mjama Sa An expansion and revision of Ian James’ Neo Mon Geometric, for Burmese and Sanskrit.
Mifo-Cyrillic a Cyrillic-based script inspired by the Adyghe “ancient” alphabet.
NeoLodwick a phonetic alphabet extending that of Francis Lodwick’s 17th century Universal Alphabet.
Matsumerian a fully cursive script especially for languages with CVC syllables.
Macirt based on Tolkien’s script Cirth, with Times New Roman style.
Cham Mai a revision of the Eastern Cham script, where new vowel forms allow a smoother flow of text.
Ancient Vithojem the original form of Vithojem, where the vowels were attached to their consonant.
Vithojem a variation of Thomas More’s Utopian alphabet, with Cyrillic and Indic influences.
Kirentina a TaiLue-style script with scientifically built consonants, influenced by Brahmi, in the style of the font Frankfurter by Linotype.
Kartuli Phonet’ik’uri Anbani an extended Georgian alphabet, in a style based on the font Frankfurter by LinoType.
Mjama Thai Burmese consonants in a style derived from the font Frankfurter by Linotype. TaiLe- or NewTaiLue-style vowels derived from Burmese and some other sources.
Mandalâkshara a syllabary of the southern Indic type, derived from Burmese characters.
Xanadian Syllabary a neat and regular syllabary from the fictional ancient city of Xanadu, in the con-world of Matharth.
Xanadian Phonetic Alphabet a very full phonetic alphabet from the linguists of Xanadu.

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Edition © Ian James – last modified Dec.16,2017