The Revised Shaw Abjad or Shaw Phonetic Alphabet is a version of the
Shavian Alphabet. It is designed to represent
English phonetically, while at the same time minimizing the variations
in vowel letters due to differences in accent. It was developed by Paul
Vandenbrink in 1996 and further revised in 2001.
The Revised Shaw Abjad has 72 characters, 59 of which are letters
in the traditional sense, and 13 are vowel placeholders used to streamline
the writing process and represent more than one vowel.
The letters represent consonants and vowels which are accentuated with
a glottal stop or are merged with a consonant or another vowel (diphthong)
and/or begin a syllable. Other vowel sounds are represented by simple
placeholders (dot, dash, squiggle).
The vowel system is modelled on the Hebrew script.
A symbol resembling an asterisk is used to indicate names.
A stop sign is used to replace the period and some of the other
Revised Shaw Abjad and vowel markers
Sample text in the Revised Shaw Abjad
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)