Uyata is a syllabary used to represent the Qatama language. Uyata and the Qatama conlang were invented by Carl Buck for use in his conworld, Qatama. It was created as an alternative to the alphabet Moj.

Notable features

  • Uyata is written in glyph blocks by horizontally stacking the syllable glyphs to form words. The script is written vertically, in columns running from left to right.
  • The word uyata not only refers to the script but also means "box, container" in Qatama - referring to the boxy appearance of the glyphs.
  • Uyata was inspired by Phags-pa, and the Chinese Seal Script.
  • Uyata contains 66 syllable glyphs, 1 null glyph to help form full glyphs and a syllable reverse glyph to aid in reduction of syllable glyphs needed to write words.
  • Each full word glyph must have a minimum of 2 syllable glyphs and a maximum of 4.

Uyata syllabary

Uyata syllabary


  • The null glyph is most often used to finalize a word glyph, but can be used to initialize as well.
  • The syllable reverse glyph is placed immediately after the syllable it modifies.
  • The script can also be written horizontally in glyph blocks, but this is only done to save space.
  • There is no punctuation used in Qatama, pauses stops and questions are understood throught the use of context and particles.

Sample text in Uyata

Sample text in Uyata


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If you have any questions about Uyata, you can contact Carl at: cfbuckjr[at]gmail[dot]com

Writing systems by Carl Buck

Ajan, Ecta, Eshta, Kala, Kitse, Moj, Naua, Pesato, Uyata, Zhongyinzi

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