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Keltic    Keltic

The Keltic alphabet was invented by David Kelley as an alternative alphabet for English. It was modelled on the Devanagari alphabet, with influence from the Korean alphabet. There are a number of different ways of writing English with Keltic. The main difference lies in the representation of vowels and diphthongs. The version below is the comprehensive form, which was developed to represent all the sounds of the English language, including both Standard American and British Received pronunciation. The transliteration attempts to replicate English speech rather than English spelling. The example text represents the pronunciation of Standard American.

Notable features

Keltic alphabet

Keltic alphabet


The vowel diacritics are written over the consonant which follows them. If vowels appear at the end of a word, the diacritics are written over the vowel carrier (as shown above). The vowel carrier changes, in the case of rhoticized Standard American diphthongs and triphthongs, to the regular symbol for "r.".

Sample text

Sample words in the Keltic alphabet


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)

Download a font for the Keltic alphabet (TrueType, 5K)

Also by David Kelley

Enganagri, Keltic, Six-Color Alphabet, 6-Color Binary Alphabet, Square Word Calligraphy

Other constructed scripts for English

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