Dorai Minath    Dorai Minath

Dorai Minath was created by Alex Mason in July of 2005 as an alphabet for use by the Draconic people of Ardor (a fantasy world he created) to write Dorai Ssatha, their language. It was originally quite different from the one pictured here but was revised again and again until this version was created.

Internal History

The Draconic People, or the Dragons, as they are more commonly known, started as a fairly primitive race and, as such, did not begin to create their own paper or writing utensils for quite some time. Dorai Minath was originally meant to be carved into stone or wooden surfaces and as such, there are no curves in the alphabet. All the letters are drawn with straight lines. The straight line form of the alphabet is still used, even though the Dragons have long since become one of the most civilized races on Ardor.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: alphabet
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal rows.
  • Letters in the alphabet are grouped according to similar shape. For example, A, I, U, S, SS, SH and Z are all composed of a vertical line with one or more left-facing horizontal lines attached to it.

Dorai Minath alphabet

Dorai Minath alphabet

Notes

  • The character "SS" is pronounced as a prolonged "S" like in the word "Hiss"
  • The letter J has 2 pronounciations. It is most commonly pronounced [ ʒ ]. However, when in front of the letter E, it is pronounced [ j ]. For example, the Draconic equivalent of the verb "to act" is "issulje" [issulje]

Dorai Minath punctuation

Dorai Minath punctuation

Dorai Minath numerals

Dorai Minath numerals

Sample text in Dorai Minath

Sample text in Dorai Minath

Transliteration

Koth drathissa ur zadje pichoe u gathsi ass shangje. Nissa ur qussath shiss baiss ass dussthi ass hero gothiss in koelissu ja rathissku he vssithrass issulje.

Translation

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)

If you have any questions about Dorai Minath, you can contact Alex at yurimaru[at]sympatico[dot]ca

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