Block Script was created by John Schurman in December of 2003 as a
means to immitate syllabic writing systems for English use. Each syllable
has it's own block, and all the sounds which make up the syllable fit into
the block. However, because the English language uses many different
combinations of consonants and vowels, different types of blocks are needed.
The name "Block Script" was suggested by Simon Ager.
- Written from left to right in horizontal lines.
- Block Script uses sounds instead of letters; for example there is no
symbol for "c", because "c" either sounds like "s" or sounds like "k".
- Because the same word can be constructed differently, for example "entry"
can be broken into the syllables "en + tree" or "ent + ree", spelling has
very little bearing on how the word is written.
- When more than one consonant sound falls on the same side of the vowel
sound in a syllable, the symbols for the consonant sounds are arranged
vertically, top to bottom, within the same area of the block.
- Block Script was designed to write English, but symbols may be added for
unique sounds within other languages.
- When writing words with more than one syllable, a dot may be placed above
the vowel symbol to indicate emphasis (for example, in the word "into", the
dot would be placed above the "ih" symbol, making it sound like "IN-too").
- Consonant symbols are relatively simple in design so they are easier to
write and recognize when they are condensed into one area of a syllable
Block Script consonants
Block Script vowels
Block Script blocks
Block Script numerals
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