I read with great interest your creation process for your alphabet. I totally share with you an interest in linguistics and writing systems. You might enjoy my own creation, designed for a fantasy book I'm working on, and shamelessly presented like a "real thing." ;^) Tsominnakadu
19 Sep 2002
Your alphabet looks really cool. At this point in time I don't have [a section] about modern invented scripts, but I'll keep yours in mind, so when I get around to it I'll put a link to it.
12 Feb 2003
Your alphabet is very clever—Tolkien's Elvish runes were also intended to [be] related to the sounds, but you've carried that farther.
26 Mar 2003
I had a look at the site and think your alphabet looks interesting. You have certainly put a lot of thought into it. I have had a go at producing an alphabet along the same lines but never got very far.
27 Mar 2003
Your alphabet is interesting. I've been working on a
somewhat similar script for a while. It's in need of some revision (I need to study phonetics in more detail before I go any further with this), and at present is something of a compromise between an
IPA-style universal phonetic alphabet and a phonemic script for my developing conlang, but you might find it interesting. I'm afraid I don't have any html at present, just some images, but they're fairly
self-explanatory: consonants, vowels.
One thing I notice is that you don't have enough vowels to represent my dialect of English phonemically (neither does my script, but the vowels there are so far only intended to represent the phonemes of my conlang).
Have you ever studied the Korean Hangul alphabet? It has certain featural (what you call iconic, I think) aspects.
28 Mar 2003
Butsuri (no site yet)
The idea is interesting (and has already been tried several times, if I recall correctly). Your shapes are nicely reminiscent of the Latin alphabet,
despite an a priori start. . . . [There follows here much good advice on how to improve my alphabet.]
In the end, you get an alphabet which may be very well done to write English, but is not readily modifyable to write any other language, and thus defeats your goal of universality. The idea of iconicity is good, but not followed to its logical conclusion. In short, you have let your native language get in the way of the sound analysis. It's quite common, especially since you're a beginner, but you need to be aware of that and first learn a bit more about phonetics before working again on this iconic alphabet.
I hope you won't take my comments as an attack. On the contrary, I mean them as a way for you to improve your iconic alphabet by correcting some of the mistakes that crept in. The idea in itself is nice, and the current aesthetics are not bad (they are quite readable for a European person; indeed, probably
easier to read than Tengwar).
1 Apr 2003
Hmmm, interesting idea. Toyed with the idea of a phonetic alphabet myself, but with vowels as diacritics (like south/southeast asian/middle eastern languages). Actually, I was told that some Indian scripts do feature similar shapes for related sounds, though I haven't taken the time to really study that.
With regards to replacing the diacritics, perhaps a stroke joined to the letter (left/right slash depending on which side the ascender/descender is on). For instance, the shape of the letter for the 's' sound changes from a 'q' to the cyrillic 'ya' (reversed 'R' shape). I personally feel that's quite a natural progression. As people write faster, they may turn dots into ticks (like on the letter 'i'/'j' in English), which then causes others to interpret the letters as being written with a tick, or so I imagine.
On the whole, I'm impressed! Press on! [. . .]
Sorry, forgot to mention:
For the 'o'/'e' problem, you could remove the spike where the horizontal stroke joins the main vowel shape. Once again, a mental exercise in this has suggested that the 'o' might become kind of like a cursive English 'j' while the 'e' might become '6' shaped.
Have you tried writing the letters repeatedly, and somewhat quickly? (or at least traced them in the air or something like that) That might give you an idea of how this simple alphabet might *still* evolve.
Thanks for letting me eat a little of your time.
2 Apr 2003