Yogantina

Ian James
© July 2015

script name

This is another easily hand-written, phonetically constructed alphabet from my Phonological Cypher series. It has some similarity to Pranish or the Roe Script. Mostly the letters are unconnected, but some vowels attach to consonants as with the /a:/ of Burmese or Khom Thai. Some ligatures are possible, for example /nt/ in the script name above.

Consonants

The consonants are formed almost regularly from a base shape showing phonetic location, and an ascender showing articulation method. The nasals are a little irregular in this respect. In most cases the voiced consonant head leans over to the right, like a hood over the following vowel, which shares its voicing (see Vowels below). In the row-sets drawn here, the top line of letters are unconnected consonants. Below that are two lines showing the two cases of connected vowel – see the first unrounded and rounded vowels listed later. The first row has labial and dental/alveolar consonants.

The second row has velars, glottals and semivowels. The semivowels are a little different, having descenders only.

The third row has sibilants and liquids.

There are prefixed marks used to show affrication, one for unvoiced, another for voiced.

Vowels

Vowels have no ascender, and the rounded vowels are distinguished by a tail (large for wide letters, small for narrow ones). The first vowels of each line here attach directly to their consonant, as shown in the consonant tables above. There are two cases of diphthongs written as one letter, and for most other cases two or three vowels may be written consecutively. For widening diphthongs, a small unattached open vowel is written above, as in the /ua/ shown here. A consonant without a vowel written may sound an inherent short schwa.

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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