Ian James
© May 2014

script name

This is another easily hand-written, phonetically constructed alphabet from my Phonological Cypher series. It runs in two channels, the upper channel showing a syllable’s consonantal quality. The name is light-heartedly derived from “Quetzalcoatl’s Pencil”.


The table of consonants shows the mostly regular formations, having a phonetic location shape at the left rising to a ‘flag’ indicating articulation manner above. Some glyphs are modified by a dot at upper left, to represent a related phoneme. Here the consonants are shown with a syllabic vowel [e] in grey. Some syllabic final consonants have a special (reduced) form.


The vowels sit within the lower right space of their consonant, and have simple shapes. Rounded vowels are distinguished by a central notch. There are three single-glyph diphthongs (the possibility for [au] was suggested by Mattias Persson). Here and below they are shown with a grey consonant [x].

Medial liquids and semivowels have their own vowel forms. Multiple vowels can be written in sequence (doubling makes a long vowel). There are marks to show the tone of a syllable.


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

Shall I compare thee to a summerís day?


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Last modified Jun.4,2014