Ian James
© August 2010

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This is a development of the SIGIL script (the 27th version) which shows some changes from the previous version. Articulations now sit above, to keep the inter-line channel less cluttered, and the text body is more compact.


Consonants are still built simply by adding articulation modifiers to base locational glyphs. The bases have changed to accommodate the modifiers, which now sit above instead of below. The Q position is also now available.

SIGIL consonantal bases

The articulations attach in a very regular way, something like assembling from a ‘kitset’. The voiced plosive may attach directly to a following vowel-bowl.

SIGIL consonantal mods

The stop series of articulations attach to a reversed base, as before. The voiced stop may attach directly to a previous vowel-bowl. Again, the long-fricative tail may wrap around a stop to form an affricate ligature.

SIGIL consonantal mods


Vowel points are much the same as before.

SIGIL vowel points

Vowel points sit upon voicing bowls. A closed bowl is for rounding. An unpointed bowl has default open-back vowels. For showing tone a raising tail is attached, to indicate that bowl has a high tone. The bowls in black (unpointed) are for devoiced /i/ and /u/ respectively.

SIGIL vowel bowls

Other symbols

Numerals 0-15 and punctuation (spacer, colon, comma, period, capitalizer) remain the same as before, with the same rationale.

SIGIL punctuation

Sample text

This is the Shakespeare transliteration again, for comparison with other versions of SIGIL.

a passage of SIGIL 27 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.”

Thai sigil (anonymous image)


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Last modified Sep.1,2010