Ian James
© September 2010

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This is a development of the SIGIL script (the 32nd version) which came about after reconsidering the way consonants could be derived and grouped. While phonemes are still assembled from base + modifier in many cases, there is now a slight rearrangement of locational families, and a simpler method of construction. Some ideas first considered in Xylphika have re-emerged.

Base phonemes

Except for the labial and dental consonants, phonemes can be derived from the vowel regions. There is thus less reason to list the vowels and consonants separately. The derivations are formed quite regularly. Unlike most previous versions (but like Cygil), there is both a voiced and unvoiced form for each consonantal location, and specialized nasals. The vowels always have the simplest shapes of each family.

consonant & vowel series


To most consonants may be suffixed a modifier. For vowels there is the mark for “even” vowel (consonantal, unstressed, second vowel) and for high tone. The “final” mark is used to make an unreleased consonantal stop from a plosive, or to lengthen a nasal or fricative, making it final. After an unvoiced plosive can come an unvoiced /i/ or /u/.


The following assemblies are special forms. The /s/ and /z/ bases are not part of the series described above, but are adapted from the T series; and the unvoiced L base is new. Note how voiced L and /h/ use the (semi)vowel base. Affricates, ejectives and rounding modifiers can also be used with these bases, where appropriate.

special fricative forms

Numerals and punctuation

The numeral set from SIGIL script version 30 is still good:

The caesurae have a slightly different form:

Sample text

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

a passage of SIGIL 32ed 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.”

Russian ikon painting (anonymous image)

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