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Pranish   Pranish

Pranish is an easily written, phonetically constructed script invented by Ian James which began as a new entry in his Phonological Cypher series. It soon came to include all the phonemes of the Sgai language, and is now a preferred SIGIL script, along with Slinseng-Fi and Slinsen-Yi.

Notable Features

Pranish alphabet

Consonants

This chart shows the main sequence of forms, across four consonantal locations. Letters marked in red are not used in the Sgai language. When used in final position (closing a syllable), the letters for implosive and unaspirated unvoiced plosive become voiced and unvoiced unreleased stop, respectively. All consonants are either taller than the x-height, or descend below the baseline. Plosives and affricates have an implicit voiced or unvoiced schwa, which emerges if no explicit vowel follows.

Pranish consonants

These are the sibilants, semivowels and other consonants.

Pranish sibilants, semivowels and other consonants

Vowels

Here are the simple, final (open-syllable) forms of vowels. They have no ascender or descender, rising only to the x-height.

Pranish vowels (open)

To show the vowel is followed (closed) by a consonant coda, the right leg is extended down. If the vowel is nasalized, a more elaborate extension is drawn.

Pranish vowels (closed)

Other symbols

There are marks to show long vowel, rising tone, falling tone, low tone and high tone. There are three levels of caesura for punctuation. European ? and ! may also be used if necessary. Some unvoiced consonants may take a suffix to show inward airflow.

Pranish other symbols

Sample texts

1 - English. This is the beginning of Shakespeare's sonnet 18 (transliteration only).

Sample text - the beginning of Shakespeare's sonnet 18

Transliteration:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;r
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.

2 - Thai, from a famous fairy tale.

Sample text from a Thai famous fairy tale

Translation:

Once upon a time there was a young lady named Phikul.

3 - Sgai. The beginning of the Tower of Babel text translated into Sgai.

Sample text - the beginning of the Tower of Babel text translated into Sgai

Transliteration:

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

Contact regarding the author's various script systems can be made via email: ianrjames at hotmail dot com.

Information about Ian James' Sgai language
http://www.skyknowledge.com/language.htm

Alphabets by Ian James

Akkhara Muni, Amethyst, Bostani, Elektrum, Fontok, Klaekson-Zaen, Maui, New Akha, New Maori, New Mong, Pranish, SIGIL, Sigil Panel Script, Slinseng-Fi, Tengwar for Scottish Gaelic, Xylphika

See also: http://www.skyknowledge.com/orthographies.htm

Other constructed scripts


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