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Ian James
© August 2015

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This is another easily hand-written, phonetically constructed alphabet and the last in my Phonological Cypher series. It is made from simple pen-strokes, ideally using a calligraphic nib in old manuscript style. It is not strictly cursive, but each letter has the possibility of touching the previous letter, making it seem like a series of complex glyphs.

Consonants

Most letters are made from quite simple pen-strokes, only a few letters need two strokes. The main shapes are for voiced consonants, and unvoiced consonants are derived from them by addition of a dot (for plosives and [hw]) or a cross-stroke. The nasals and glottal stop become ejectives and [h], but otherwise the devoicing is regular. Vertical alignment of consonants is to a central line, which is the baseline for vowels (see below). In many cases, and the top-left and/or bottom-right spurs should touch a preceding or following letter, which gives the appearance of forming complex glyghs.

Vowels

Vowels sit on the central line, on a higher level than the consonants. They are grouped by shape into close-mid-open, front-back and rounded-unrounded sets. Whenever possible they should touch a following letter, which gives the appearance of forming complex glyghs, and adds flow to the script. Note how in the example below, a schwa is made from the glottal stop letter.

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?

Another version

Here is a version of the script using simpler blocked forms. The chart is in the same order as the calligraphic version above, the vowels are shown with a syllabic-final [n] in grey. The example is also re-done.


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