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Aynu Apcat (אַינֻ אַףצַת)

The Aynu Apcat is a way to write Ainu with the Hebrew abjad devised by Joseph Ha. It is designed to represent the sounds of Ainu clearly and unambiguously. As an abjad, it has the benefits of a syllabary, saving much space, and an alphabet, having high phonemic flexibility. The only problem is that Ainu is a somewhat vowel-heavy language, and writing Ainu without diacritics could reduce readability more than writing languages with known consonantal roots. The name apcat is a version of the word abjad.

Aynu Apcat

Aynu Apcat

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Sample text

שִנֵאַן תֹ תַ פֵתֵתֹך אֻן שׅנֹתַש כֻשֻ פַיֵאַש אַוַ, פֵתֵתֹךתַ שִנֵ פֹןרֻףכֵנֻר נֵשכֹ אֻרַי כַר כֻשֻ אֻרַיכׅך נֵאַף כֹשַנׅךכֵאֻכַן פֻנַש-פֻנַש.

Transliteration

Sinean to ta petetok un sinotas kusu payeas awa, petetokta sine ponrupnekur nesko urai kar kusu uraikik neap kosanikkeukan punas=punas.

Translation

One day, as I was setting out traveling toward the source of the (river's) water, the walnut wood post was struck as at the water's source a little man all by himself was erecting a walnut wood plank. He was standing there now bent over at the waist and now standing up straight over and over again.

Source: http://members.at.infoseek.co.jp/kumanesir/inpaku/inpaku1/ekzemplo-j.html

Scripts by Joseph Ha

Aynu Apcat, Hawai’i Kākau

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