"Al Eshta" is the alphabetic representation of the Ilya language.
Carl Buck invented Al Eshta and Ilya for use in a fictional nation
that is under development.
The Eshta alphabet is written from left to right in horizontal lines.
It is named for the first two characters in the alphabet, esh and ta.
Each letter has an Ilya name usually corresponding to a word or idea that it represents.
and Latin writing systems inspired Eshta.
The Eshta alphabet contains 20 letters.
In theory the script could be adapted to write English, as well as many other languages.
The ua is pronounced [w] and the yad as [j] when they begin
a word or precede another vowel.
The four diacritics in Eshta are called al nuqta and are
explained in the above image.
Eshta contains 20 letters (including ligatures), and 4 diacritics.
There are there three types of letters in Eshta; standing,
sitting and falling, referred to as etra, jala and kadra
respectively in the Ilya Tamek language.
The etra letters include; ta, alha, dal, lam, ba, and alem.
The jala letters include; esh, nun, ra, samek, ha, mem, yad, and ka.
The kadra letters include; gemla, ua, jim, qub, shin, and za.
There are many ways to write Eshta so that it is easily understood,
many of the letters may be joined as in a cursive style. The
possibilities and exclusions are too numerous to name or chart.
Sample text in Eshta
Kulu arenat udahum alebra ma egal mit igen ma dokenat. Sarum ba
diyohum mit raju ma orodum ma sha shomak a arum mit el zenra do ishidu.
Listen to a recording of this text
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)
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