Madri started in the early sixties as a "secret writing" invented
by Peter J. Franke in the Netherlands. First it followed the Roman
alphabet, but it soon turned into a phonetic system for Dutch. Over
time more characters for neighbouring languages were included.
After Peter studied the IPA, Madri evolved into a world wide compatible
phonetic alphabet. It now contains 152 characters for vowels (mono-,
diph- and triphthongs), consonants and also numerals, diacritics,
suprasegmentals and combined characters.
The name Madri comes from the ancient Hindu epic, the Mahabharata,
in which Madri is the second wife of Pandu.
- Type of writing system: alphabet.
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
- Used to write: any language
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)
If you have any questions about Madri, you can contact Peter at:
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