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Elmas Elmas

Elmas script is an alternative script for Turkish invented by Adiljan Barat in 2015. The name Elmas means Diamond. He created this script in order to make written Turkish shorter and more intensive. It is based on Korean Hangeul, but simpler.

Notable features

How to write Elmas

One or two consonants combine with a vowel and form a syllable block. Sometimes a single consonant can also form a block, such as t in heft. The vowel is always under the consonant(s). There are two compound modes, as below.

How to write Elmas

Elmas alphabet

Consonants

Besides the 21 consonants existing in the Turkish Latin alphabet, 5 extra letters are added, they are "ts", "dz", "ng", vowel carrier and suffix carrier.

Elmas vowels

The former two kinds of carrier seem particular. They both occur at the beginning of a block. Vowel carrier is actually a glottal stop, while suffix carrier initializes a vowel-first suffix and follows word root so that the root and suffix of a word could be written in separate blocks. If a suffix contains only a consonant, then the consonant should be written as a single block.

For example:

Elmas example

Vowels

Elmas vowels

Semivowel is indicated with a small ring as the first phoneme of a diphthong. When the ring is attached to the left side of vowel, it sounds [j]; to the right side, it sounds [w] or [ɥ]. But the ring-attached vowels are regarded as letters with diacritic and not considered individually. They couldn’t be located under vowel carrier.

Elmas vowels

Elmas sample

Sample text in Elmas in Turkish

Elmas sample text

Vertical version

Elmas sample text (vertical version)

Transliteration

Bütün insanlar hür, haysiyet ve haklar bakımından eşit doğarlar. Akıl ve vicdana sahiptirler ve birbirlerine karşı kardeşlik zihniyeti ile hareket etmelidirler.

Translation

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)

 

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