Phonetic Picture-Writing

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

Phonetic Picture-Writing letters

Example words

Example words in Phonetic Picture-Writing

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:

Examples of Phonetic Picture-Writing

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