Hookscript (hv̄ʌsʌrȷ̄pı)

Hookscript is an alternative way of writing English devised by Mathew Gordon, and slightly inspired by the Westonian script. He created it because he thinks English spelling is very inconsistent, and because he is very interested in language and thought this would be a good way to get a better understanding of how it works.

The script consists of 15 letters and two modifiers. The voice modifier, a dot above the letter, makes an unvoiced letter voiced, and the vowel modifier, a macron, makes the letter a vowel. For example, s = [s], ṡ = [z], and s̄ = [æ].

Hookscript is designed to write American English, but could be used to write other varieties of English, and possibly other languages.



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Sample text

ŋ̄l hȷūms̄n ṗīīŋs ŋ̄r ṗōrn vrī s̄nı̇ īʌul ȷ̄n ı̇ȷ̄ʌ̇nȷ̄ıī s̄nı̇ rŋ̄īıs. ȯn̄ī ŋ̄r ȷ̄nı̇s̄uı̇ uȷ̄o rīṡȷ̄n s̄nı̇ ʌŋ̄ncȷ̄ns s̄nı̇ cv̄ı̇ s̄ʌı uōrı̇s uʌ̄n ʌ̄nʌ̄ȯr ȷ̄n ʌ̄ spīrȷ̄ı ʌ̄v̇ ṗrʌ̄ȯrhv̄ı̇.


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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