The Lirean alphabet was invented in its current form in April 2008
by Edward dela Peña for his eponymous constructed language, named after
Lireo, one of the kingdoms in the Filipino fantasy series Encantadia.
(The etymology was subsequently revised such that it comes from the
Lirean word for tree, lir.) It was influenced by Hangeul
and Indian abugidas.
- Type of writing system: alphabet
- Direction writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
- Used to write: Lirean, and with some modifications, may be used for any natural language
- Vowels are written above the preceding consonant, or when
alone, the null consonant. Semivowels are written as "hooks"
attached to the vowel signs: those before the vowels are
written to the left, and those after the vowels to the right.
Punctuation follows the Western model.
In this chart, IPA is used to transliterate the letters. The
semivowel "hooks" joining the vowel "a" are in red.
This Tagalog translation of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights is written in a box-style font made in October 2012.
Ang lahat ng tao'y isinilang na malaya at pantay-pantay sa
karangalan at mga karapatan. Sila'y pinagkalooban ng katwiran
at budhi at dapat magpalagayan ang isa't isa sa diwa ng pagkakapatiran.
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)
Download a font for Lirean (TrueType, 5K)
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