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
- Type of writing system: alphabet.
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
- Used to write: English, Thai and Sgai
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.
These are the sibilants, semivowels and other consonants.
Here are the simple, final (open-syllable) forms of vowels. They have
no ascender or descender, rising only to the x-height.
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.
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.
1 - English. This is the beginning of Shakespeare's sonnet
18 (transliteration only).
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.
Once upon a time there was a young lady named Phikul.
3 - Sgai. The beginning of the Tower of Babel text translated into Sgai.
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
Alphabets by Ian James
Sigil Panel Script,
Tengwar for Scottish Gaelic,
See also: http://www.skyknowledge.com/orthographies.htm
Other constructed scripts