Kala Glyphs (tloko / omya)
Kala glyphs are logosyllabic, combining about 500 logograms (which represent
whole words) and 220 syllabograms (which represent syllables). About 300 glyphs
are commonly used. They were invented by Carl Buck. These are primarily meant to
be an epigraphic system, but a handwritten version is possible. These glyphs are
a mixed system like Japanese or Mayan, consisting of logograms and featural syllabic
glyphs. Unlike Mayan glyphs which are logograms complemented by a set of syllabic
glyphs, this system is primarily a syllabary complemented by logograms.
The term tloko means "syllable" while omya means "carve; etching".
Both can be used to refer to this writing system.
- Type of writing system: logosyllabic
- Direction of writing: vertical from top to bottom and from left to right
- Number of symbols: 500 logograms, which represent whole words, and 220 syllabograms, which represent syllables: about 300 glyphs are commonly used.
The basic consonant glyphs were directly inspired by Hangul.
Each consonant has three forms. The form used depends on the vowel added to form the syllable glyph. (ø = null consonant)
The vowels elements are shown here with the null consonant glyph. (-C = null vowel, or final consonant)
A sample of the logographs; many of them are made from syllable glyphs that are unused based on phonotactics.
Kala numerals and numbers
Sample text in Kala
More information about Kala can be found at
Writing systems by Carl Buck
Other writing systems invented by visitors to this site