Shavian Alphabet    Shavian

Origin

The Shavian alphabet is named after George Bernard Shaw and was devised by Kingsley Read. Shaw saw use of the Latin alphabet for writing English as a great waste of time, energy and paper, so in his will he stipulated that a competition should be held to create a new writing system for English and made provision for a prize of £500. The competition took place in 1958 and Kingsley Read's system was chosen as the winner out of the 467 entries.

Shaw's will also stipulated that his play Androcles and the Lion should be printed in the winning alphabet. Few other texts were printed and the alphabet, which became known as Shavian, was never seriously considered as an alternative for writing English.

Notable features

The Shavian alphabet

Shavian alphabet

Sample text in Shavian

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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)

Links

Free Shavian fonts
http://www.demeyere.com/Shavian/info.html
http://www.30below.com/~ethanl/fonts.html
http://www.wazu.jp/gallery/Fonts_Shavian.html

Information about the Shavian Alphabet
http://members.aol.com/RSRICHMOND/shavian.html
http://www.foolswisdom.com/~sbett/shavian-short.html

Shavian Forum
http://shavian.org/hugh/ikonboard/ikonboard.cgi

Alternative spelling/writing systems

Benjamin Franklin's Phonetic Alphabet, Dialectal Paleotype, Interbet, Pitman Initial Teaching Alphabet, Quikscript/Read Alphabet, Shavian, Simpel-Fonetik, Unifon


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