Phonetic Picture-Writing was invented by Leonhard Heinzmann as an
ideographic writing system. It consists of 12 simple letters which can
be combined in a variety of ways to resemble the objects. The words
created in this way form a constructed language.
Phonetic Picture-Writing letters
The words above can be spoken easily as all the syllables only consist of consonant + vowel,
e.g. 'me' or 'la'. (At the beginning of the words, also the syllables 'e', 'a', 'o' may occur.)
But what can one do if an ideogram is an unspeakable series of letters, e.g. 'fp'?
To solve the problem, and to yield a very clear and nice-sounding pronunciation, there
is help: when speaking an ideogram, you insert the vowel 'i' and the consonant 'j' (spoken
like the y in 'yes'), until the resulting word has only syllables consisting of consonant + vowel.
(But the syllables 'e', 'a', 'o' at the beginning of a word are not changed - they can be
pronounced easily). The i and j are not written - there are no letters for them. Thus, the
ideogram 'fp' is spoken as 'fipi', the ideogram 'taa' as 'taja'. Examples:
More details of Phonetic-Picture Writing
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