Cecarakan script is an alternative script for Indonesian
and Malay invented by Ali Aulia Ghozali in 2004. The name is
derived from Balinese alphabet, Carakan and many of the
letters are derived from South East Asian scripts, especially
Javanese, Balinese and Thai.
- Type of writing system: abugida
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
- Used to write: Malay and Indonesian
- Number of letters: 36 main letters, 8 vowel modifiers,
7 diacritics, and 6 punctiation marks
There are 36 main letters. All of the letters have an inherent vowel
/a/ except the glottal stop. Most of those letters, except the glottal
stop and clusters, have sandangan forms. Sandangan
forms cancel the vowel of the preceding letter.
Note: /ø/ is unvoiced when modified by a vowel modifier.
Note: the grey area indicate main letters that have no sandangan.
The order of the alphabet is: Ba Mba Pa Mpa Ma Wa Va Fa Da Nda Ta Nta
Na Sa Za La Ra Le Re Ja Nja Ca Nca Nya Ya Sya Ya Ga Ngga Ka Ngka Nga
Ksa Kha Ha A.
Vowel modifiers change the inherent vowel /a/ into other vowels.
Those modifier vowels are sometimes combined with another vowel
modifier to produce a distinct phoneme.
Note: penolong is pronounced /o/ if preceded by peneleng.
Pengai can be combined with penyuku and penolong
to produce the diphthongs au /aʷ/ and oi /oʲ/.
Words containing the sound -er- or -el- followed by a vowel (a, i, u, e, o) are
written in this way. The same pattern is also used with the -el- sound.
Pengai is also used to write two vowels that appear together.
Cecarakan shares the same punctuation with Latin script, including
the question mark (?), exclamation mark (!), single quote ('), and
double quote ("), plus some native punctuation marks.
All numerals are written with empat batu to show they are
being used as numerals, as they all have other functions.
Native numbers are used texts with no mathematical
symbols. Arabic numbers are used with mathematical symbols.
Sample text in Cecarakan
Semua orang dilahirkan merdeka dan mempunyai martabat dan
hak-hak yang sama. Mereka dikaruniai akal dan hati nurani dan
hendaknya bergaul satu sama lain dalam semangat persaudaraan.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Indonesian)
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 want to know more about Cecarakan, please contact Ali Aulia Ghozali (email@example.com).
Other constructed scripts