Chumauni    Chumauni

Chumauni was initially inspired by the structure of Hangul and style of Tibetan, with the idea of using a similarly regular structure and composition to create a writing system in transition from syllabary to alphabet. D. Jensen started the design for Chumauni in 2004 for a project he has since abandoned, but completed the writing system in 2007 anyway.

Notable features

Chumauni consonants

Chumauni consonants

Where consonants appear in pairs the left symbol represents its value in a regular character at word-start, the right symbol represents its value in other cases. The exception to this rule is [ɱ] which only appears immediately prior to [f].

  1. Characters with this symbol are automatically reversed (vowel is pronounced first) at word-start and when following a reversed character.
  2. Characters with this symbol cannot be reversed.
  3. Consonant placeholder; incompatible with reversal and repeat marks. May not appear at word-start before a reversed character or next to another consonant placeholder.

Chumauni vowels

Chumauni vowels

Vowels fall into the following groups:

When two vowels abut due to placeholders or a reversal, a [w] or [j] sound is inserted between them according to the following vowel order (H = High; S = Short; W = Whole): H[w]H, H[w]S, S[w]S, S[w]H, W[w]H; H[j]W, S[j]W, W[j]W, W[j]S.

  1. Vowel placeholder; incompatible with reversal and repeat marks. Characters with this placeholder may not appear at word-start, only at the end of words, following a regular character, or when preceeding a reversed character.

Chumauni characters

Chumauni characters

Chumauni diacritics and punctuation

Chumauni diacritics and punctuation

Chumauni numerals

Chumauni numerals

The counting system was originally base-4, having characteristics in common with both Mayan and Roman numerals. The numerals for 5-7 and 9 were adapted from 1-3 for the decimal system. The numerals for 0, 4 and 8 are relics of an older system.

If you have any questions about Chumauni, please contact D. Jensen at: derekjensen@gmail.com

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