The Belvar alphabet was invented by DonZabu from March 2010 to May 2010.
He got the idea for it during a brief immersion into the Lojban community,
where he found that there was some demand for a writing system that kept
to the same principles that Lojban itself was founded on: logic, unambiguity,
and cultural neutrality.
Functionally, it's based on the International Phonetic Alphabet. Visually,
it's based on the Latin alphabet, with the individual shapes chosen more
for their morphability than anything.
Each Belvar letter conveys 3 pieces of information: for consonants,
it's the place of articulation, the manner of articulation, and whether
or not it's modally voiced. For vowels, it's how open it is, how front-to-back
it is, and whether or not it's rounded. The consonant letters convey this
by shape, stem, and underline respectively, and the vowel letters convey
this by shape, diacritic, and underline respectively.
- Type of writing system: phonetic alphabet
- Direction of writing: Left to right in horizontal lines
- Used to write: any language
ɔl hyumən biɪŋs ər bɔrn fri
ənd ikwəl ɪn dɪgnɪti ənd raɪts.
ðeɪ ər ɛnˈdaʊd wɪθ
rizən ənd kɒnʃəns ənd ʃʊd
ækt toʊrdz wʌn əˈnʌðər
ɪn ə spɪrɪt əv brʌðərˌhʊd.
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)
If you have questions about this alphabet, you can contact DonZabu
Other phonetic/universal scripts