The Klaekson-Zaen script was devised by Ian James and is
based on two separate scripts of Mattias Persson – one is
the source for the vowels, the other is the source for the
consonant bases. It is assembled in parts to show clearly
the phonetic makeup.
- Type of writing system: alphabet
- Direction of writing: left to right
- Used to write: English
For each phonetic region a consonantal base is given, to
which a modifier may then be added. The shapes for the bases
come almost directly from Mattias' script Klakson.
Here are examples of the modifers put upon the labial base.
These are new, and float above the bases rather than being
attached to them. Default is voiced plosive (or voiced lateral).
Semivowels can only take a devoicing modifier.
The vowel glyphs signal the relative location of the tongue,
with front being to the right, open being at the bottom. Rounded
vowels have a circle at their tail. This particular structure is
based on vowels in Mattias' Xanadian
Phonetic Alphabet, which in turn were inspired by vowels
from Herman Miller's phonetic script Ljörr. There is a 6×3
division of the vowel-space.
After a vowel may come a mark showing tone and/or nasalization.
The upper part is a glottal base for a pure tone, or a nasal modifier,
or a creaky modifier. The lower part represents the pitch element.
Pure middle tone-mark does not usually need to be written, middle
being the default tone for vowels. A vowel may be devoiced by putting
a consonantal devoicing mark above it, and if preceded by an
unvoiced plosive they can share a single mark. To lengthen a vowel,
simply repeat it.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
first line of Shakespeare's 18th sonnet
More information about the Klaekson-Zaen script
Alphabets by Ian James
Sigil Panel Script,
Tengwar for Scottish Gaelic,
See also: http://www.skyknowledge.com/orthographies.htm
Other phonetic scripts