Undeen

Ian James
© November 2014

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This is another easily hand-written, phonetically constructed alphabet from my Phonological Cypher series. It is a pure alphabet, where vowels are made up of dots and short strokes, and consonants change depending on whether initial, medial or final. It looks a bit like a hybrid of Arabic and Burmese. Mattias Persson helped with the name, which comes from undine (see Xylphika) and Arabic ud-deen “of faith”.

Consonants

The first chart here shows the almost regular main series, with initial, medial and final forms. The first column is voiced, the second unvoiced. There are three main locations, and three manners of articulation for each. As usual, I have chosen what I consider useful phonemes (not regular) for the back voiced set. There are two options for final voiced plosives, depending on whether the previous vowel shape is small or not (see Vowels below).

The second chart has the sibilants (with affricates), liquids, nasals, unaspirated unvoiced plosives, and initial glottal or null plosive (for initial vowels). There are two options for final [z] and [s].

Vowels

Vowels sit at the bottom right of their consonant. Diphthongs can be made by simply writing both vowels in order. Four tone suffixes are available, and arch over the vowel (or medial consonant), in appearance somewhat like a [b]. For the Thai example below, the tones are low, falling, high and rising.

Examples

1. These are the first two lines of Shakespeare’s sonnet 18, for comparison with versions of SIGIL etc.

Shall I compare thee to a summerís day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate

2. This is taken from a fairy tale in the Thai language.

Once upon a time, there was
a young lady named Phikul.

The font presented here is perhaps a little too bold to show the potential for delicate writing.


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