Etyantura was dreamt up by Michael Landau-Spiers in 2007 for his conworld and for use in a story he is writing but it was only in 2008 that the characters took their final forms.
Etyantura is an abjad come syllabic alphabet used to write the language of Mazaiyu. It could also be used to write English in theory. The name Etyantura comes the first three letters; Et (e), Yan (y) and Tura (t).
The Mazaiyu language is meant to sound fairly smooth, with lots of vowels and, in some ways could be described as a cross between Hebrew and Italian, or maybe Japanese.
‘Oejas’ is the name of the vowel carrier, having no independent sound, vowels are attached to it when they start a word or in the case of vowel diphthongs; two vowels will occupy a single carrier. Normally vowels are attached to the consonants, ‘e’ being represented as a diagonal line, ‘u’ as an upside-down arrow head, ‘a’ as a vertical line, ‘o’ as a horizontal line, ‘aa’ (as in sh ut) as a tail and ‘i’ as a dot.
In the chart above, there are 6 vowel diphthongs: ai - as in rice, ei - as in may [ e ], ii - as in see [ i ], oe - as in low, oi - as in toy, ao - as in how.
Along with five consonant diphthongs: a base th followed by a base d - as in there [ ð ], a base t followed by a sh - as in char, a base n followed by a base g - as in falling [ ŋ ] (although ng is not recognised as a proper sound and is not used in any Mazaiyu words, it is acknowledged but considered foreign and only used when quoting a foreign word with it in), a base v followed by a base n - as in wet (has much the same background as ng, is rarely used but not totally disregarded), a base ch followed by a base g [ ʁ ].
Imras reizh evi aatherosoe dohos ei otun rur yonol ei panyeruji. Kazh evi rajeicha hai onyaa ei ketureiyu dachel tibasu gaariishai bem zhaal zunada.
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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If you have any questions about Etyantura, you can contact Michael at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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