The Phonogic alphabet is the creation of Charles Smith, a recent graduate of the the University of Minnesota. Charles has been interested in inventing alphabets since his senior year at high school and has invented a variety of alphabets since then. He started working on Phonogic in 2002 with a view to producing an alternative alphabet for English. The name is a combination of the words phonetic and logical and is pronounced [fəˈnɑʤɪk].
Phonogic started as an alphabet meant to replace the Latin alphabet
as a way to write English, as its current alphabet is highly unsuited
to the task. Then, after an occurrence in a Finnish language class
at the University, Charles saw a conflict between the orthographies
of Finnish and Spanish, where the sequence
Some letters were inspired by various scripts from across the world, while others simply resemble characters from others scripts by coincidence. Not only are consonants and vowels represented in Phonogic, but features like nasality, palatalization, aspiration, and ejective are represented by individual letters on analogy with various scripts of the world (e.g. Lakota, Urdu and Russian). In the future other features will be added, including tones to represent the world's tonal languages, including Asian, African and Native American languages.
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Download a font for Phonogic (TrueType 128K)
If you have any questions about the Phonogic Script, you can contact Charles at: Roasted_Beanie@msn.com
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