Nari alphabet  Nari alphabet

The Nari alphabet is the creation by Thomas Slawson (thbslawson@yahoo.com). It grew out a fascination with and study of various languages. Thomas is currently also developing an accompanying storyline of the imaginary people who will speak the Nari language. He has based the grammar of Nari on concepts borrowed from English, Hebrew, Russian and a few other languages, but has tried to keep the grammar very simple, avoiding exceptions and strange morphologies. He has endeavored with the words, however, to 'compose' completely new words, and has strived not to consciously borrow from other languages.

Thomas is a musician by practice (a composer specifically), and so his purpose was to focus on inventing words according to how he thought they should sound. Obviously this will result in the language being influenced by his culture and worldview, but that can't be avoided anyway.

Notable features

  • The alphabet is arranged according to sounds. Vowels all have both a long sound and a soft sound, with the ae and ai diphthong sounds having their own letters. The next set of letters are the "gutterals" (g, kh, k, r, khr), all of which are produced in the back of the throat. The next set he calls "tonals" (b, d, l, m, n, zh) because a definite "hum" is made when pronouncing them. The next set he calls "atonals" (f, p, s, sh, t) because they have more "airy" sound. The final letter (the v) is in a class by itself, because its pronunciation lies between a tonal and an atonal, so he calls it a "semitonal".

Nari alphabet

Nari alphabet

Sample text

Sample text in the Nari alphabet

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)

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