The Fennim alphabet was invented by Benjamin Plymale in order to
create a writing system that used only a small amount of symbols
to make a large amount of sounds. From 12 base symbols (8 consonants,
2 vowels, and 2 semi-vowels) a further 24 symbols were created using
accent marks and hooks to modify the base symbols' sounds.
It can be used to written English, Spanish, and Russian with only
slight modification of the vowels' designated IPA. The alphabetical
order was determined by where the letters are formed in the mouth:
the consonants go from labial to glottal, the vowels separate the
consonant groups and go from front to back (and closed to open),
and the alphabet is bookended by the soft sign (|) and the hard
This alphabet also has a corresponding numbering system as well
as its own full punctuation. Due to the wide variety of accents in
English, spelling using this alphabet will change from region to
region depending on the speaker with one of the only spelling rule
that ignores pronunciation being -er always being transcribed as
though pronounced -ər. The other rule is that the "y" and
"w" symbols should only be used as consonants with the soft sign
being used to modify vowel sounds.
- Type of script: alphabet
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
- Used to write: English, Spanish, and Russian
- Used to transliterate languages phonetically as opposed to letter-by-letter
- Base symbols are often voiced consonants and accented symbols are unvoiced.
- Hooked symbols are usually related to the base symbol as well - for example the a hook placed on the symbol for "s" makes it "sh" or a hook on "d" makes "j."
The || letter (last letter in the alphabet) isn't used in English; only in Russian to emulate the hard sign (ъ).
Fennim symbols grouped together
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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Also by Benjamin Plymale
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