The international phonematic alphabet, Interbet, was designed by Vitaly Vetash from Russia. It is based on the combination of Latin alphabet and some Cyrillic letters, as well as a number of letters invented by the author and linguistic signs modifying all of them into a unified style.
The author has included comparatively few completely new signs, creating a unified style unity for the new alphabet based on existing letters. He tried to find the optimal number of letters (45) that have an aesthetically perfect shape, and are sufficient to write all the world's most widely-spoken languages. The same letters can be used to represent a number of phonemes, depending on the phonetics of a language.
The name Interbet comes from International Alphabet. The names of letters in Interbet are mostly based on the ancient Phoenician and Greek alphabets, as well as the letters of the other alphabets and on some practical names, traditional for linguists: with some changes, according to the principles of distinctivity from the other names, euphony and connection with a prototype
Vitaly Vetash, an artist and a linguist, is the author of the universal phonematic alphabet Interbet. He created it having worked from 1977 to 1999.
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The main question during the creation of Interbet was to determine the number and the set of the letters, which would be enough and aesthetically perfect. Besides the letters represented here on the picture, the author also created many possible variants of the letters, which you can see in the PDF article, where the problem of the international writing and this project are considered in detail.
Download an Interbet font (TrueType, 44K)
Further details of Interbet
The author would be glad to receive comments from linguists and designers of scripts which deal with the problem of the international writing. You can contact Vitaly Vetash at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to type in many different languages, the Q International Keyboard can help. It enables you to type almost any language that uses the Latin, Cyrillic or Greek alphabets, and is free.
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