Tahano Hikamu    Tahano Hikamu

Tahano Hikamu (the "Round Script") is the creation of Carsten Becker, who designed it to write his constructed language Ayeri. It will be used for further language projects that are placed in the region where this script is used.

The script itself is an abugida after the fashion of Indic scripts by which it is also strongly influenced. Nevertheless, this script does not make much use of the mute sign. The use of that sign is mostly restricted to languge teaching at the beginning of a pupil's education and is usually dropped later on. In "adult's" texts, it is only used together with difficult words, names or where the reading of a word is unsure an can interfere with a word with another pronunciation but the same spelling.

Notable features

  • Each consonant has an inherent "a"
  • The alternative consonant forms can be used in place of the regular versions, not as well as them.
  • The consonant nga cannot appear at the beginning of words
  • The vowels are all represented by diacritics. There is no sign for "a" used inside words, except at the beginning and in front of vowels.
  • The vowel "a" acts as a vowel carrier when vowels are not attached to consonants. It has no sound itself.
  • When "e" comes before a vowel other than "i" or cannot be placed over a consonant for some other reason, it can be written under the preceding consonant:
    Example of vowel diacritics below consonants

Tahano Hikamu

Consonants

This chart shows all the consonants needed to write Ayeri with their pronunciation in the IPA.

Tahano Hikamu consonants

Additional consonants used for writing other languages

Tahano Hikamu consonants

Vowel diacritics

These vowel diacritics are written above the consonants

Tahano Hikamu vowels diacritics

Vowel diacritics

These vowel diacritics are written below the consonants

Tahano Hikamu vowels diacritics

Other diacritics

Tahano Hikamu diacritics

Tahano Hikamu diacritics

Punctuation

Tahano Hikamu punctuation

Numerals

Ayeri uses a duodecimal number-place system, so there are separate figures for 10 (A) and 11 (B) as well as from 0 to 9.

Tahano Hikamu numerals

Sample text

Sample text in Tahano Hikamu

Transliteration

Sa vesayon keynam-ikan tiganeri nay kaytanyeri sino nay kamo. Ri toraytos tenuban nay iprang, nay ang mya rankyon sitanyās ku-netu.

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)

Link

Further information about the Tahano Hikamu script
http://benung.nfshost.com/alphabet

Another script invented by Carsten Becker

Ayeri Ornament Script

Other writing systems invented by visitors to this site


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