Old Franaderoan alphabet    Old Franaderoan alphabet (Vossin imbranon)

The Franaderoan or Saconian alphabet is the creation of Alain Lemaire, who invented it in 1993. He thinks he was inspired by the alphabets or 'secret' writings he found in computer games like Commander Keen (the SGA), and comic books. There might also have been some influence from Sinhalese, Tamil and Thai.

Internal history

The Old Franaderoan alphabet (Vossin imbranon) is also known as Padimbra (Sacred Script) or Ghundissanhjroempadimbra (lit. "first-language-sacred-script or Sacred Script of the First Language"). The First Language or Ghundissanhjron is the name for the official Franaderoan language, as it is still spoken today. Another name is Mhrinngain Imbranon (lit. "Script of Curves or Curved Script"), because of its rounded or 'curved' appearance.

The Old Franaderoan alphabet first appeared some 2,500 years ago. It was mainly used for religious purposes but got a more worldly use when Franaderoan literature and playwriting developed. By 500 AD, it had developed to its present form. During the first half of the 17th century, the Dutch introduced the Latin alphabet in the Saconian Empire, from which the Saconian-Franaderoan alphabet developed. This alphabet combines characters from both Latin and Old Franaderoan: the b, d, f, q and y were almost directly copied from the Old Franaderoan alphabet, whereas g, s, sh, z and zh were inspired by it.

In the Central Franaderoan Empire (today's central part of the country) the Old Franaderoan alphabet was used until the beginning of the 20th century. Then, the Latin alphabet as it was already used in the Saconian Empire (it had abandoned the Saconian-Franaderoan alphabet at the end of the 19th century under Western influence), gradually took over. When both Empires were united in 1948, the Latin alphabet became the standard for writing.

Today, both the Saconian-Franaderoan as well as the Old Franaderoan alphabet have been enjoying increasing interest in both pop culture as well as academic discourse.

Notable features of the Old Franaderoan alphabet:

  • written from right to left;
  • vowels can be indicated using either separate symbols or diacritics.
  • the 'a' is dropped, except: 1) at the beginning of a word; 2) when stressed; 3) when confusion in pronunciation might arise;
  • to avoid this, consonant clusters are used to a high degree. The 'double consonants' mark the shortening of the vowel preceding it and the lenghtening of the consonant itself; the other cluster characters are used for frequently appearing consonant clusters;
  • vowels in suffixes are usually dropped as well (for exceptions, see rules under 'a').

Because the 'a' and vowels in suffixes are usually dropped, but consonants do not have an inherent 'a' like abugidas do, the writing implies knowledge of the Franaderoan language and vocabulary by the reader for proper pronunciation.

Old Franaderoan alphabet

Old Franaderoan alphabet

Old Franaderoan consonant clusters and stressed vowels

Sample text in the Old Franaderoan alphabet

Sample text in the Old Franaderoan alphabet

Transliteration

ghundissanhjroempadimbra (with separate vowels)
ghundissanhjroempadimbra (with vowel diacritics)

Translation

Sacred Script of the First Language.

No Franaderoan fonts are currently available. If you would like to create such a font and have it added to this site, please first send it to Alain at alargule@yahoo.com.

It should be stressed that the creation of such a font should be on a voluntary basis, since Alain considers the creation of con-alphabets purely a hobby, not something to make money with. Thank you for your co-operation.

Details of the Saconian-Franaderoan alphabet

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