Ian James
© July 2012

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This is the 35th version of the SIGIL script, designed as a regular syllabary. At this stage it is neither perfectly suitable nor completely sufficient for the SIGIL language, so is more of an experiment along the lines of the Phonological Cypher series.


The consonants are built from bases using modifier strokes. The following are the locational bases; nasals show the primary form.

Adding prefix strokes, we obtain the fricatives and affricates of the series. Since the bases are voiced, an extra diacritic is used to show devoicing (see below). Ejectives show another modification.


The vowel glyphs attach directly to the right side of their preceding consonant, and help to break up the repetitive pattern of consonantal bowl shapes. There are three glyphs for semivowels, which may be used to make diphthongs. The upper row is for accented/high tone, the lower row is middle tone.

Other symbols

In addition to the devoicer, there are phrase delimiters such as period (inbreath). In the example below, a paragraph-end symbol from version CCCIIa is used.

The numerals remain the same since version 34.

Sample text

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

example of sigil 35
“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.”


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