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Sarin    Sarin alphabet

The Sarin alphabet is the creation of Corey Hanson. He was inspired by a writing system he created while in Jobcorps when he was bored. Consequently he reconstructed it, then lost the key somewhere when moving back home, but remembered the main shapes used for the consonants and reconstructed the system to the best of his memory.

Corey named the reconstructed system "Sarin" in honor of his residential advisor from Jobcorps, Sarah. She liked his old system (which he never named) enough to have it incorporated into a tribal frog tattoo she got while on vacation. She had him write a word to describe her (he chose "Unique") in the system, and she had it blended into the frog's back.

Corey was inspired by D'ni and Tengwar. Originally he designed the script to be written vertically, then realised that it looked good when written horizontally as well.

Notable features

  • Used to write: English
  • Written left to right in vertical columns or horizontal lines
  • Words are built out of clusters 2 letters wide, then going down until the word is complete
  • Two consonants can be one cluster or one consonant and up to two vowels
  • The last consonant of a letter can be place horizontally to save space (and to add character to a word) or vertically for writer's preference
  • Consonants may also be placed horizontally in the middle of a word where having 2 consonants in a cluster would require the second to have a vowel next to it, as the words are 2 letters wide at maximum. See sample text for further clarification on this
  • If a vowel is the final letter, the carrier and vowel must be used in vertical mode
  • In horizontal mode, words are written with vowels omitted or on top of their preceding consonant

Some abbreviations and letter rules:

V = Of
Ɖ = The
VƉ = Of The
ND = And

Y = I (masculine) and ending I: sound in names
I = I (feminine) and ending I: sound in names

I:U: = "EW" sound
OY = "OY" sound
ÆW = "OW" sound
Ɔ:Y = "EYE" sound
EY = "pAY" sound
WI: = "WE" sound
U:I: = "OOEY" sound
I:Ə = "flEEIng"

When Y and W begin a word the vowel carrier is not required

For a Y or W + vowel sound, the vowel is placed beside the Y or W as if by a consonant

The letter Ə is only used when its omission could confuse the reader on a word, such as to separate the syllables in the word "Thorough" vs. the one syllable word "Throw"

Ex: Thorough → Өәro Throw → Өro
Baroque → Bәrok Broke → Brok

Sarin vertical letters

Sarin vertical letters

Sarin horizontal letters

Sarin horizontal letters

Sample text in the Sarin alphabet

Sample text in the Sarin alphabet

If you have any questions about Sarin, you can contact Corey Hanson at: coreyhanson@gmail.com

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