Kerigal was created by Nathan Tolman to help him understand phonetic
alphabets. It is a phonetic alphabet designed to be reminiscent of Cyrillic,
though most of those similarities amount to the grapheme equivalent of
false cognates. It writes left-to-right and is intended to be used with
English. There is some ambiguity in the vowel sounds, as the creator did
not understand the full extent of vowel diversity and subtlety. Kerigal
is caseless; there are no capital/uppercase letters.
- Type of writing system: alphabet
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
- Used to write: English
- There are no capital/uppercase letters
Notes about Punctuation
- Most of Kerigal's punctuation marks have both an opening and closing mark, like Spanish question marks (¿Example?).
- When opening a sentence: periods, exclamation marks, and question marks are placed at the top of the line, like Times New Roman quotation marks or apostrophes.
- When closing a sentence: periods, exclamation marks, and question marks are placed at the bottom of the line, like Times New Roman periods.
- Question marks are rotated 180 degrees from opening to closing.
- Quotation marks are placed oppositely to periods, question marks, and exclamation marks – at the bottom of the line when opening a sentence, and at the top of the line when closing a sentence.
- Quotations include nested opening and closing punctuation – if the quote is a statement, it will open with an upper period, and close with a lower period, in addition to any punctuation needed to close the ‘They said' that came before the quote.
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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