Monday, February 07, 2005

Orthography!

Hopefully this works... these are the rules for writing the characters - one symbol per syllable.


Orthography!, originally uploaded by dragonflykes.


Every character is a combination of a general shape listed along the top, depending on the main consonant of the cluster, and various diacritical marks for prefix consonants, suffix consonants, and vowels. Just to make it easier, the prefixes are to the left (front) of the character, the suffixes are to the right (back), and the vowels are in the middle. The vowel in the center of the character is pronounced before the cluster - a vowel above it is pronounced after the cluter (only for long vowels at the ends of words). It reads from left to right.




Orthography!, originally uploaded by dragonflykes.


This is a sample text. Originally, it was a story with Dick-and-Jane quality sentences about a girl going to Eðerný, and some more or less cultural stuff about what Eðerný was like. However, a lot of the grammar is somewhat obsolete, and the rest is just wrong. I will rewrite something with better grammar, but I figured I wasn't going to chance that I would have better handwriting than this and do it over. For transcription's sake, here's an (untranslated) transliteration of the above:

Ešlé tabý Eðernýrlá ešylynlaž. Xesvysð lyrlylð Eðernýrlá xažað. Naglysβaš eðernýslé lyrlylážað xažað. Xesvysð eðrylð Eðernýslé lyrlyrlážað avétélažað. Xesð eðrylð enaldyrlað avétélažað. Kaslysp éskyl Ešléslé éskyn avéxénaž.

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