The Vremisian alphabet was created by Benjamin Plymale. It's used
to write the constructed language Vremisian, whose vocabulary isn't
derived from any real world language, but whose grammar most closely
resembles English's with a hint of Russian's. The alphabetical order
was decided upon based on how the letters relate visually; each one
only needs a slight design modification to appear as the next. It's
divided into two sections by the symbol that represents [j], which is
mostly used in Vremisian for palatalization, although it can act as a
separate consonant. Before this barrier are primarily unvoiced consonants,
and after, voiced. The alphabet has a Latin counterpart, but it's just
used for transliteration, has only 22 letters, and follows different
spelling conventions than the standard Vremisian script.
- Type of writing system: alphabet
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
- Characters come in pairs—except the one representing [j]—that are generally unvoiced/voiced. Both members of the pair have the same root design, but the voiced character has a curved tail.
- If a letter doesn’t have a voiced or unvoiced counterpart in Vremisian, its partner is some other related letter (e.g. [l] and [ɾ] are both liquid, [n] and [m] are both nasal, [ɑ] and [o] are both created in the back of the mouth, etc.), with the “tailed” member generally being the one that requires more muscle work to say (e.g. [ɾ] is tailed because it requires an alveolar flap, [h] is tailed because it requires that more air be pushed out than [ɪ] does). There are some exceptions, though, like the pair [i] and [ɨ], where the latter is tailed because of its infrequent use compared to the former.
Sample text in Vremisian
Vos xhyntuala Tsenij tsuj tadeisqh raman ij mystum luj Ghaeras ij
Parqeum. Byn tsuj pytraxheisqh cuj Tsimpal ij Calameun, vae xau
sivheudye vuj Jon a bej Tras luj bej Himnubh guj Euveract.
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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