A Script without a language (so far)

Today I’ll share this text which is written in the last alphabet I’ve invented (what’s knows as a conscript for conlangers). I called it Hevil (/he’vi:l/, I found that word in the yesterday’s post so euphonic (lovely-sounding) that I decided that I should use it for something else :)).

Last Friday I decided to make yet another conlang and ended up with a somewhat Finnish-sounding language I called Kenvei. Then, on Saturday I decided to give it a proper alphabet and constructed Hevil. However, I later decided that this script didn’t suit the language. The alphabet wasn’t bad either, so I think I’ll end up using it for some other conlang. Meanwhile, this is a script without a language and Kenvei is a language without its own script.

A text sample in Hevíl conscript

The text is the poem from the previous post, and is written in Spanish (with two verses per line).

Next, I’ll explain a little how the script works.

Hevil is quite a typical alphabet as it is the Latin alphabet or the Greek alphabet (whose letters influenced greatly many of Hevil’s). It has just one case (ie it doesn’t distinguish between capitals and lower case) as Georgian, Hangeul and Futhark Runes). However, the fact that vowels may combine with the following and the previous consonant may deceive you into thinking it rather is an Abugida, which, given that the vowel a is not always very easy to read, wouldn’t be a at all a bad idea.

The next table shows not only isolated consonants and vowels but also some syllables which illustrate those ‘combinations’ between vowels and consonants. There are also a couple of orthographic signs as well.

Alfabeto Hevíl / Hevil Alphabet

As you can see, both O, I and U combine with the previous consonant (actually, I and U also combine with the next consonant when it is tall), E combines with the following consonant (it looks like a hook when the following letter is short, and as a high line ¯ when it is tall (for example, E+N ( ¯ + V ) looks like a mirrored square root symbol), while A combines with both the previous and the next letters, but, due to being only a horizontal dash, it can be quite difficult to notice (compare TR and TAR in the table).

Since it doesn’t even have a fixed language, the pronunciation of each letter is quite variable, for example H can either sound as English H /h/ or as Spanish /x/. Sh has the sound of English Sh in ship /ʃ/, Th sounds as English Th in think /θ/ while Dh sounds as English th in they /ð/, Dj sounds as in Judge /dʒ/ and Ch sounds as in Church /tʃ/, while Zh and Ly are /ʒ/ and /ʎ/ respectively.  /ʃ/ y /ʒ/. Most letters are based on lower-case Greek (p, d, r, m, f, th, n, etc.), while some were taken from the Latin alphabet (Z, Ch (ĉ) and B) and some have other origins (S was somewhat inspired by Hebrew letters, T was taken from Fuþark runic alphabets and Sh and Ly aren’t but stylised forms of the digraphs SI and LI).

Of course, every conlanger is free to use this alphabet or create another based on it 😉

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Posted on 2011/05/30, in English, Scripts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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