Ebisédian writing system completed!
|From:||H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, March 7, 2004, 2:07|
I finally got off my lazy butt and redesigned the glyphs of sanokí, the
Ebisédian writing system. This time, instead of pulling glyphs out of thin
air (which didn't get very far, as my previous attempts at sanokí shows),
I decided to examine what the origins of sanokí might have been. So I sat
down and drew pictograms of objects and concepts (or the depictions
thereof) familiar to the Ebisédi, and imagined the development of these
pictograms into letterforms. Then I had the Ebisédi scribes go through the
list of phonemes in Ebisédian and pick symbols which are mnemonic for that
phoneme. For example, _jui'_ means "sphere" or "circle"; so the medial
form of _j_ is a circle. Similarly, the whirlpool glyph for _v_ comes from
_vyy'i_, a whirlpool-like phenomenon in Ferochromon. The sentence-final
form of _T_ comes from _Ta'va_, "to erupt". And so on. (I'll leave it as
an exercise for the reader to figure out the rest of the mnemonics. :-P)
These glyphs were then massaged appropriately to fit into the system of
writing which I've already had in mind, and the result is the complete
sanokí writing system, which can be seen here:
A full text written in sanokí is also demonstrated on this page.
Comments? Criticisms? Fan-mail? ;-)
And life still goes on...