The Braellaf alphabet is the creation of Jason Liekhus, who
started work on it in July 2004 as a part of his fictional world
project. He was inspired by some ideas that he had been researching,
such as lenition and the phonetics of many Celtic and Germanic
languages. The Alphabet's aesthetic quality was borrowed primarily
from Greek and Cyrillic, though its mechanics are similar to Irish Uncial.
The Braellaf alphabet is used to write Braeggydh as well as its many
related dialects. Braeggydh acts as a lingua franca between the many
tribes and communities of the people of Braedh, a sub-continent 1500
kilometers northeast of the Amenic Empire (see Sabethir).
The Braellaf alphabet evolved from a series of older, more angular
glyphs that were general carved into wood or stone. Many characters
were adopted from the block scripts of Godhva and Rimarh, which lie
across Osg E Cilanoun, the sea southeast of Braedh. In later years
the alphabet was revised and refined under Amenic influence and the
importing of paper from the East.
All consonants in Braeggydh with the exception of /j/, /w/, /l/
and /r/ fall into a group of three related phonemes; one voiced,
one unvoiced, and one nasal or breathy. These sounds, when appearing
at the beginning of a word, can be lenited depending on the quality
of the sound of the last letter of the word that precedes it. Final
vowels never affect initial consonants, or vise versa. However, an
initial vowel can be affected by any final vowel occurring before it.
The vowel would fall behind a consonant to which it is related, thus
separating it from the other vowel. All lenition is marked with a
diacritic over the altered character.
The stress of vowels is another peculiarity in Braeggydh. Each vowel
letter has both a stressed and unstressed form, though they are
represented by the same letter. There can be only one stressed vowel
per word, which naturally falls on the second to last syllable. There
are exceptions and alterations, which tie into the rules of plurality
and verbal tense. If a vowel falls on any other syllable, it is denoted
by a diacritic.
In Braeggydh each letter has both a capital and lowercase form. The
capital is used only to mark the beginning of the sentence. It is not
used with proper nouns as in English.
Byn ur caemben e 'nandaeth ur aennyn a beth pen 'ndein moun. Staedhra
'ghur laethryn a beth aenger outh, ur tho dhein 'vhouast aer baesc
paeth roein outh.
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 any questions about the Braellaf alphabet, you can contact
Jason Liekhus at: email@example.com