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Re: An alphabet of faces?!

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 29, 2003, 19:33
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From: "Christophe Grandsire" <christophe.grandsire@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 12:21 PM
Subject: An alphabet of faces?!

> Hi everyone, > > I know that most of you are not like me, and don't check everyday to see
> there's something new in Mark Rosenfelder's Metaverse, his website. So I > thought the list needed to know about what just appeared :) . > > Mark just put online a description of the Elkarîl writing system (the > elcari are one of the races of the world in which Verduria is set). You
> check it at this address: The
> itself is described here: > > I think everyone one the list just *has* to check what's one of the most > original writing systems I ever saw. It's a featural script, a bit like > Korean, but instead of rather abstract shapes put together to form > syllables, the Elkarîl writing system is based on a system of human > *faces*. The shape of the top of the head and the chin tells about the PoA > of the stops and/or fricatives around the syllable nucleus, while the > expression of the face tells which vowel is the syllable nucleus. For the > exact value of the stops, add hair, or open the mouth, etc... For the > liquids, use various headgear and neckwear. Intensifying the expression > indicates a long vowel. Many affixes are not written fully but as small > additions to those heads (like hands, or an ear, or a sword, etc...). > Infixes are added by adding features to the face (like the tongue out, or
> nose ring), etc... > > As a result, the picture on the top of the page is the full glyph for > "Elkarîl", which in the language is analysed as: > elk- -a -r -îl: "of the making people" > create nom. adj. gen. > nom.: nominaliser > adj.: adjectiviser > gen.: genitive > The shape is a full rendition of the word: > - the top of the head (empty, with the line just above the eyebrows) > indicates the absence of a stop at the beginning of the syllable. > - the bottom of the head (nearly, but not completely square) indicates a > "k" stop at the end of the syllable. > - the slightly angry expression of the face corresponds to the "e" vowel. > - the nose ring indicates the "l" just after the vowel. > - the small ring under the chin indicates the -a nominaliser. > - the kind of pectoral shield under it indicates the -r adjectiviser. > - the kind of castellation at the end indicates the -îl genitive marker. > > I really like this writing system. It's perfectly fit for stone, allows > very beautiful addition (as Mark explains at the end of the page). I think > it's a masterpiece, which is why I wanted to make sure the list was aware > of its existence ;))) .
I assume he based some of the idea on the Mayan syllabary, which is, of course, the best writing system in the world But the Headgear and Neckpieces ideas are new, and a great idea
> Christophe Grandsire. > > > > You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang. >


John Leland <leland@...>