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Sylabica   Sylabica

Sylabica /sɨlaˈbiʦa/ is an alternative alphabet for Polish invented by Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk in 1990. Since then it has undergone a number of revisions. Sylabica was inspired by Japanese hiragana and katakana, although it's looks more like Korean hangul.

Like in the standard Polish orthography, the spelling of Sylabica is not strictly phonetic, but retains some underlying structure which has been obscured by later phonetic changes of the language. This principle goes sometimes further than in the standard orthography.

The abstract spelling for Polish (ortografia abstrakcyjna) is a Sylabica transliteration scheme which uses a modified Latin alphabet. It can be easily and unambiguously converted to and from sylabica, whereas conversion between any of them and the standard orthography cannot be fully automated. The abstract spelling can be used as an alternative Polish orthography.

Notable features

Standalone vowels and consonants

In the following table the 1st row shows a sylabica letter, 2nd — its abstract Polish spelling, 3rd — its standard Polish spelling (where e.g. p(i) means p before i or pi before a vowel), and 4th — its pronunciation in the regular case (where /j/ may be treated either as a separate phoneme which is omitted when it would be followed by /i/ or /j/, or as a mark at the previous consonant indicating that it's palatal, depending on how the Polish language is modeled).

Sylabica vowels and consonants


Sylabica syllables

Sample texts

Sample text in Sylabica

Transliteration (abstract spelling)

Všyscy luʒ́e roʒõ śẽ volniy y róvniy pod vzglẽdem svej godnośćy y svyx prav. Sõ oniy obdařeniy rozumem y sumieniem y poviynniy postẽpovać v’obec ynnyx v duxu braterstva.

Transliteration (standard spelling)

Wszyscy ludzie rodzą się wolni i równi pod względem swej godności i swych praw. Są oni obdarzeni rozumem i sumieniem i powinni postępować wobec innych w duchu braterstwa.


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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Further details of Sylabica

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