World Unity Alphabet
The World Unity Alphabet alphabet (WUA) was invented by Shane
Gartner as a writing system that can be used to write virtually
any language. You could call it his hope for the future where all
nations of the world will be united in peace and harmony.
He used existing alphabets to construct the language into a uniform
font, bringing together the idea of world unity (hence the name).
The template he came up with is a circle with six triangular sections
that looks sort of like a Trivial Pursuit "pie" piece, which he likes
to think represents the six (inhabited) continents and their nations.
It can also be two peace symbols stacked on top of each other. He
borrowed characters from as many different languages as he could as
an "original" design for each letter. He borrowed from some languages
more than once, taking in account how many people speak them.
- Type of writing system: alphabet
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
- Used to write: just about any language
- Every character's design is based on a "root" character from
another written language.
- Using this design as a model of the world (or two 'peace'
symbols on top of each other), the characters are made up from
segments of this model.
- The six sections represent the six (inhabited) continents
and their peoples.
World Unity Alphabet (W.U.A.)
Because many languages have distinctions between similar consonants and vowels, (e.g. [o] and [ɤ]),
W.U.A. uses diacritics ("moons") to distinguish between certain sound shifts.
The WUA can use any form of punctuation, depending on the
language being written.
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)
Other phonetic/universal scripts