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Belvar   Belvar

The Belvar alphabet was invented by DonZabu from March 2010 to May 2010. He got the idea for it during a brief immersion into the Lojban community, where he found that there was some demand for a writing system that kept to the same principles that Lojban itself was founded on: logic, unambiguity, and cultural neutrality.

Functionally, it's based on the International Phonetic Alphabet. Visually, it's based on the Latin alphabet, with the individual shapes chosen more for their morphability than anything.

Each Belvar letter conveys 3 pieces of information: for consonants, it's the place of articulation, the manner of articulation, and whether or not it's modally voiced. For vowels, it's how open it is, how front-to-back it is, and whether or not it's rounded. The consonant letters convey this by shape, stem, and underline respectively, and the vowel letters convey this by shape, diacritic, and underline respectively.

A deconstruction of Belvar

Notable features

Belvar consonants

Belvar consonants

Belvar vowels

Belvar vowels

Sample Text

Sample text in the Belvar Alphabet

IPA transcription

ɔl hyumən biɪŋs ər bɔrn fri ənd ikwəl ɪn dɪgnɪti ənd raɪts. ðeɪ ər ɛnˈdaʊd wɪθ rizən ənd kɒnʃəns ənd ʃʊd ækt toʊrdz wʌn əˈnʌðər ɪn ə spɪrɪt əv brʌðərˌhʊd.

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 questions about this alphabet, you can contact DonZabu at BelvarWriting[at]gmail[dot]com

Other phonetic/universal scripts


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