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Embet    Embet

Embet is a phonetic alphabet invented by Erick Merchant in January of 2006.


An Embet consonant has two parts, which together describe the consonant's articulation. The head notes the consonant's place of articulation. The tail notes the consonant's manner of articulation.

Unvoiced consonants have white heads, while voiced consonants have heads that are shaded gray.

The chart below shows a sampling of the Embet counterparts to the symbols on the IPA pulmonic consonant chart.

Embet consonants

Additional Embet heads and tails

Syllabic consonants

Syllabic consonants use these heads.

Embet syllabic consonants


An Embet vowel consists of a head that notes its place of articulation. If the vowel is rounded then the head is surrounded by a ring.

Not all Embet vowels have tails, but there is a tail to note the quality of tense, which can be used to differentiate between two vowels that would otherwise be represented by the same head.

The charts below show the nine vowel heads in unrounded and rounded versions needed to make the Embet counterparts to most of the symbols on the IPA vowel chart.

Embet vowels


Stress is represented in Embet by making the syllabic letters of the stressed syllable red.

Stressed syllabic consonants use these heads.

Embet stressed syllabic consonant heads

And the charts below show the nine stressed vowel heads in unrounded and rounded versions.

Stressed Embet vowels

Sample text in Embet

Sample text in Embet


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)

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