Amethyst    Amethyst

The Amethyst script was invented by Ian James and was modeled roughly on the component-based scripts of SIGIL. It is a simpler style of alphabet, easy to write, and still clear as to how the phonemic letters are derived and related to each other. It has been given a whimsical name.

Notable features

Amethyst script

Main families

Except for the labial and dental consonants, phonemes can be derived from the vowel regions. In all cases the glyphs are not assembled from individual sub-glyphs, but are made whole; this makes the encoding and printing very straight-forward.

Main Amethyst symbols

Other symbols

As for /s/ and /z/, they are derived easily from the main dental fricatives. The begin-paragraph glyph is an 'unformed /b/', representing the mouth closed but ready with voicing. Likewise the end-paragraph glyph is a 'final unformed /p/', where the voicing is stopped.

Other Amethyst symbols

Note that plosives sound an inherent schwa if not followed by an explicit vowel or final marker.

Sample texts in the Amethyst

This is the beginning of Shakespeare's sonnet 18.

Sample text in Amethyst


Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate;
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of may,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Sample text in Amethyst


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)

Information about Amethyst

Alphabets by Ian James

Akkhara Muni, Amethyst, Bostani, Elektrum, Fontok, Klaekson-Zaen, Maui, New Akha, New Maori, New Mong, Pranish, SIGIL, Sigil Panel Script, Slinseng-Fi, Tengwar for Scottish Gaelic, Xylphika

See also:

Constructed scripts for: Ainu | Arabic | Chinese languages | Dutch | English | Hawaiian | Hungarian | Japanese | Korean | Lingala | Malay & Indonesian | Persian | Tagalog / Filipino | Russian | Sanskrit | Spanish | Taino | Turkish | Vietnamese | Welsh | Other natural languages | Colour-based scripts | Tactile scripts | Phonetic/universal scripts | Constructed scripts for constructed languages | Adaptations of existing alphabets | Fictional alphabets | Magical alphabets | A-Z index | How to submit a constructed script


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