The Banleu (meaning 'language symbols') alphabet was invented by Matt Youens for use in a fictional story he is writing. The original intention was to adapt words from Lojban to generate character and place names, but Matt decided it would be an interesting exercise to develop a full writing system for the fictional word too. As it stands the alphabet cannot be used to write Lojban itself given that the majority of the fricatives have been removed, but it could be adapted in some way in future.
Being a phonetician, Matt wanted the script to reflect the phonological features of the speech sounds: voiceless plosives are open to the left, voiced to the right, nasals to the top, with a horizontal bar added to mark them like the other sonorants; labials have two curves to represent the lips while the other stops have one curve to represent the tongue with either a line to show where the upper front teeth meet or a dot to depict the back of the throat; the continuants (other than h/y which was originally [g]) are all based on at least one vertical line with a curve at one end; u is round to reflect its lip shape while e is a combination of i and a, showing its shared features with both of these sounds.
Some deliberate sound changes have been applied to transform Lojban into something slightly irregular and more natural sounding, such as the loss of o (which is rare in the language) and the replacement of [g] while keeping [k] intact, influenced by both Classical Arabic and Dutch.
La Syebni pu suhna layi Dakri ki kuryi le ta sensam purdi.
The god(s) chose the Dakri to tend their sacred garden.
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