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Gagrite alphabet Gagrite alphabet

The Gagrite script was invented by Jeffrey Recinos in 2013 to write Gagrite, a Kostro-Saric language spoken by about 300 million people in the country of Argaren, and used as a lingua franca around the fictional world of Kadara. It is also used to write Savastrian, another Kostro-Saric language spoken by about 22 million people in the country of Savastria. Gagrite was developed as a way of creating a history of the Kostro-Saric writing systems used in Kadara. As a result, the script deliberately takes cues from the Naric script to present Gagrite as a parent script.

Internal History

Gagrite stands as the oldest surviving language in Kadara, lasting over 4,100 years. Its morphology and lexicon remain virtually untouched with most of the changes today suited to technological advancements. The Gagrite script has gone through several changes in its history, being more curved to better fit modern printed medium as most ancient Gagrite slabs were very sharp and angular. Gagrite serves as the parent of many scripts for other Kostro-Saric languages like Naric, Tolianem, Neosaric, and Praezhadan. Gagrite used to contain semanto-phonetic characters alongside the standard alphabet, but ultimately fell out of use about 800 years ago. During that time, the script also evolved to suit the Savastrian language as well.

Notable features

Gagrite alphabet (gagrus hêkayon)

Gagrite is written in a syllable-block style (known in Gagrite as jočyautogre), with each character containing an initial (optional), onset, nucleus, and coda letter:

Gagrite syllable blocks

Initial consonants (tuxontogre)

Gagrite initial consonants (tuxontogre)

Onset consonants (simdêxutogre)

Onset consonants have two forms: The first form used in CV syllables, the other used in CVC syllables:

Gagrite onset consonants (simdêxutogre)

Nucleus vowels (iriska)

Gagrite nucleus vowels (iriska)

Coda consonants (hiyêtogre)

Gagrite coda consonants (hiyêtogre)

Gagrite has special characters when certain letters are combined:

Gagrite combinations

Pronunciation rules for Gagrite

Numerals (har)

Gagrite numerals (har)

Gagrite punctuation marks (okarigerye)

Gagrite punctuation marks (okarigerye)

Sample text

Sample text in the Gagrite alphabet

Transliteration

Qam ineri donema gebuč et xopre hat yêč et kramino sêpuneqdon. Sêbare holuk et orithê xai tratuneqdon, et dêkustin bar nai hat kêspirau tom igoreru.
(Pnit dêke osmêda turčêpeq tom ineri xopre tom)

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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