Ian James & Mattias Persson
© April 2012

script name

This script was made in two stages. First I designed the letter-shapes and how they would assemble, then Mattias arranged them into a good phonological order and made the tables. As with others in the Phonological Cypher series, it’s an easy-to-write alphabet founded on phonetic principles. The name is from Swedish and means “script of the wood-spirit”. Alternatively we could say “Roe-script”.


Consonants except for the semivowels (shown at the end of the chart) are built from two parts. The upper part signifies place of production, and the lower part signifies manner of articulation. Two spare letters of the glottal region are used as vowel-lengthener (or consonant-doubler) and vowel-nasalizer marks.



The vowel space is divided into nine tongue positions, with front at the left and open at the bottom.



This is the beginning of Shakespeare’s 18th sonnet (transliteration only), for comparison with versions of SIGIL etc. The presentation here suggests epigraphy.

Shall I compare thee to a summerís day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summerís lease hath all too short a date


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