|From:||Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 30, 2004, 8:34|
I have an idea for a semi-phonetic, semi-pictographic writing system.
Each phoneme of the language is represented by a distinctive pen stroke.
The phonemes making up a syllable are arranged in syllable blocks. However,
the sizes and relative positions of the strokes are chosen so that when the
syllable blocks making up the word are taken together, they make up a
pictographic representation of the concept denoted. For example, if
phonoglyphs were used for writing English, the graphemes for [m] [&] and
[n], arranged to represent a human figure, would represent man. [fo:] made
to represent an ear, [no:] to represent the shaft of a pen, and [glIf] to
represent the nib of a pen would be the spelling of "Phonoglyph". I
envisage this being written vertically. Although my examples are based on
English, I think it would be more suitable for a conlang.