Satzī alphabet

The Satzī alphabet was created by Charles Heisler for his constructed language, Mor'osi. The alphabet's name (which can also be applied to the individual letters) is Mor'osi for "primary characters", and the alphabet itself was inspired in part by both Korean Hangul and the Shavian Alphabet. Both the language and the alphabet have undergone many changes since they were first conceived, leaving behind a number of archaic letters and letter forms.

Notable features

  • Satzī may either be written in vertical columns, read top to bottom from right to left, or in horizontal rows, read left to right from top to bottom.
  • 16 letters of the Satzī alphabet have weak (mel) and strong (rau) forms. For vowels weak and strong forms represent short and long vowels respectively. For consonants they distinguish voiceless and voiced consonants. The exception is men, whose weak and strong forms represent /m/ and /n/. The weak form is simply the unmodified letter. The strong form is indicated for vowels and the consonants woh and yo by flipping the letter across its vertical axis and for other consonants by rotating them 180 degrees.
  • Letters are arranged in blocks of text, each representing a syllable. How they are arranged depends on the particular syllable. Letters assume one of 4 forms based on the syllable and their place in it: square (bok), wide (sech), tall (vet) or full (om). Square letters are left unmodified and fill a quarter of the block, wide letters are rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise and stretched to fill either the top or bottom, tall letters are stretched to fill either the left or right and full letters simply fill the entire space. These transformations are applied after any done to create a strong form. In all there are 6 possible arrangements for a text block.
  • Shongzī is not considered a letter and is used to indicate the repetition of the previous syllable. It is s a vertical slash when writing in vertical columns and a horizontal one when writing in horizontal rows.
  • The dipthongs are written using pairs of vowels, with ū and ī representing the semivowels [ɰ] and [j].

Satzi alphabet

Satzi alphabet

Archaic Satzi

Archaic Satzi letters

Sample text

Sample texts in Satzi


Om on hiochsat sū ī us shatmon al ādyhau dē san. Moyī al mauh dī bos al ād ha kaz on va us sī dī ret.


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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