Winkledawn

Ian James
© April 2015

script name

This is another easily hand-written, phonetically constructed alphabet from my Phonological Cypher series. It is an alphabet with shapes similar to those in Oscareen, but designed to specially cater for CVC languages.

Consonants

The consonant letters are of two kinds, solo and final. The solo form is used for syllabic-initial consonants, and syllabic-final consonants apart from nasals and semivowels. For syllabic-final nasals and semivowels, an elongated form provides a place for the vowel to sit. So a CVC syllable in the latter case is written in two parts, C then a VC assembly.

There are three diacritics for consonants, showing medial /r/, /l/ and aspiration, here shown above /p/. As shown in /l/ of the script name above, this method may also be used for syllabic liquids.

Vowels

In a CV syllable, vowels are written in stand-alone form. For CVC syllables where final C is a nasal or semivowel, the vowel sits on the consonantal platform. There is a letter for final schwa, used in broadening diphthongs. For narrowing diphthongs, we would use the final /-w/ or /-j/ letter.

To show a nasalized vowel, a short platform is drawn at its feet. Vowel diacritics show high, low, falling and rising tone. Here shown with the “turned c” vowel (the /aw/ sound in the script name above).

Example

This is the first line of Shakespeare’s sonnet 18, for comparison with versions of SIGIL etc.

Shall I compare thee to a summerís day?

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