The Amethyst script was invented by Ian James and was modeled roughly
on the component-based scripts of SIGIL. It is
a simpler style of alphabet, easy to write, and still clear as to how
the phonemic letters are derived and related to each other. It has been
given a whimsical name.
- Type of writing system: alphabet
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
- Used to write: English and other languages
Except for the labial and dental consonants, phonemes can be derived
from the vowel regions. In all cases the glyphs are not assembled from
individual sub-glyphs, but are made whole; this makes the encoding and
printing very straight-forward.
As for /s/ and /z/, they are derived easily from the main dental
fricatives. The begin-paragraph glyph is an 'unformed /b/', representing
the mouth closed but ready with voicing. Likewise the end-paragraph
glyph is a 'final unformed /p/', where the voicing is stopped.
Note that plosives sound an inherent schwa if not followed by an explicit vowel or final marker.
Sample texts in the Amethyst
This is the beginning of Shakespeare's sonnet 18.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of may,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with
reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about Amethyst
Alphabets by Ian James
Sigil Panel Script,
Tengwar for Scottish Gaelic,
See also: http://www.skyknowledge.com/orthographies.htm
Other constructed scripts