Chiasel    Chiasel alphabet

The Chiasel script was invented by Matt Youens for use in a fantasy story he is writing. It is used to write the language La Bangu, which has its phonology and vocabulary heavily based on Lojban, and could therefore also be adapted to write Lojban and Loglan.

The name Chiasel comes from the Lojban 'se ciska', meaning 'is written', and the name of each character is made by attaching it to a shortened form of 'lerfu', which means 'letter'.

The script was not inspired by any particular alphabet, though many of the glyphs have similarities to their counterparts in other writing systems and the cursive forms are reminiscent of Indic and other Asian characters.

Notable features

Chiasel alphabet

Chiasel alphabet




The symbols for i, a, o and u are also used to represent 1 (pa), 2 (re), 3 (chi) and 4 (vo), with a mid-height dot representing zero (no). A quinary (base 5) number system is used:

Sample text

Sample text in Chiasel alphabet


Ro remna baho le jybenun chaz zifre e dunli be le siakam e chrusel. Roti ponse le menli e mardekam, je bilga tarti tunbatai simtai.

IPA transcription

[ɾɔ 'ɾemnɐ 'bɑhɔ lɛ ʒə'benʊn ʃɐz 'zifɾɛ ɛ 'dunlɪ bɛ lɛ 'sjɑkɐm ɛ 'ʃɾusɛl | 'ɾotɪ 'ponsɛ lɛ 'menlɪ ɛ mɐɾ'dekɐm | ʒɛ 'bilgɐ 'tɑɾtɪ tʊn'bɑtɐɪ 'simtɐɪ]


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 any questions about Chiasel, you can contact Matt at: myouens[at]btopenworld[dot]com

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