Sequoia

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Sequoia Sequoia

The Sequoia writing system was invented by Devin Hill in his free time as a high school student, over the course of several weeks. It was designed to have a flowing aesthetic, and be generally visually appealing. It is an abjad used to write English phonetically, in which all vowels are diacritics, and must be written. Though it was not modeled after any specific other language or script, the most influential script on its appearance is Arabic.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: abjad
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
  • Used to write English

Below is a chart of the 24 basic consonant sounds of English, expressed via their commonly associated letters and grouped according to their similarity of sound. Accompanying them are four symbols each, these being the four forms each consonant may take, in order:

  • Vowel after form: The indicated vowel sound directly follows the consonant.
  • Vowel after, extended form: The indicated vowel sound follows the consonant, as well as another secondary vowel, in situations where more than one monophthong, diphthong, or triphthong is necessary (eg. the end of the word "sequoia")
  • Vowel before form: The indicated vowel sound directly precedes the consonant.
  • Vowel before, extended form: The indicated vowel sound precedes the consonant, as well as another secondary vowel following the consonant, for words beginning with a simple vowel sound.

Sequoia

Sequoia

As you may notice, consonants' beginning stroke starts always at either the top or bottom. This is important later.

The vowels are written as a set of 30 diacritics, which may connect to the consonant following in certain conditions, and are to be drawn around the consonant, as represented by the square. The vowels' IPA symbols are in blue or black to help distinguish between the columns more easily. The vowels associated with the IPA symbols are given an English word representing the sound properly, and then are shown in alternating columns to the right. The markings to the side indicate that if one is unsure which of the surrounded vowels to pick, he should default to the one written outside the bracket.

The last 7 vowel sounds, and the "empty" consonant, are used for words which consist of only vowel sounds. The three forms correspond to one, two, and three vowel sounds respectively (though the final may never need to be used, who knows).

Sample text in Sequoia

Sequoia sample text in English

Translation

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)

The sample text was written with connections between adjacent consonants if they ended and began at similar heights and were not connected to a vowel.

Unfortunately, due to the complexity of the script, there are no fonts, although any future endeavors to do so are certainly welcome.

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