The Ishirkian language was first created in 1994 by Chris Payne.
It was originally created to be a coded way to write in English
between friends. After a few weeks they decided to find a way to
actually speak this code. The English alphabet was then jumbled
(vowels with vowels, consonants with consonants) to create a "code"
that could actually be spoken. This also improved the encrypted text
since the glyphs would need to be decoded, then the text would need
to be translated.
Over the next few years the creator of the language was very into
story writing. While going through some books Chris found a notebook
that he used as kind of a "journal" written entirely in this coded
language. He was surprised that even years later he could still read
it perfectly. He decided to update the glyphs and use it in a story
about a highly advanced alien civilization. The story would be written
like a documentary from a humans point of view interviewing and learning
about the Ishirkian culture. After deciding to make Ishirkian the native
language of this advanced alien race, it was decided to completely redesign
the writing and the language to be faster and more efficient the way
the language of a more advanced race might be. Ishirkians were given
a background history, a belief system, technology, culture, and their
own system of measuring time and space.
- Direction of writing: left to right, top to bottom.
Vowels are written as accents above the consonant they follow. Double-consonant sounds are indicated by underlining the consonant that is being duplicated. The purpose is to save as much time as possible when writing for faster communication.
- When used on screen or in print Ishirkian is written in all caps since it would take longer to set up the vowels as accent characters.
The name Ishirkian can be written:
or with the planetary symbol for "Ishirk" which also represents "Ishirkian" (see top right).
Examples of words in Ishirkian
Ishirkian numerals and numbers
Numbers are written using digits to represent numbers 0 through 9.
There are also glyphs to represent the numbers ten, hundred, thousand,
million, billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, and
septillion. These are mainly used when hand writing numbers to make
writing very large numbers faster and more efficient. The TEN symbol
was originally created for the Ishirkian calendar system. An Ishirkian
Year is first divided into ten segments (like months). A ten glyph was
created to keep their calendar consistent so there wasn't just one
"month" with a two-digit number. When numbering their years they
created the hundred and thousand glyph to write the years faster.
From there they decided to create glyphs for more larger numbers
for future use.
The same text in CAPS
Tanep eksi lewo'oh j'rup xuv'puh'c oh kuvth. Acek op'xifox oh koejip oh
yip'jyuop'yo oh fu'eyh hi ipo'oh up'min'go.
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)
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