The Neorunic script is a alternative alphabet for English invented by
Eric Johnson, who thinks that there are too many silent letters and strange
ways to pronounce words in the English language. This script is designed
to make it easier to determine the sounds of each word for foreigners
- Type of writing system: alphabet
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
- Used to write: American and Canadian English. Can also be used
to write British English.
- All plosive and fricative consonants have a voiced and unvoiced
glyph assigned to them. The unvoiced consonants are in the first column,
and the voiced consonants are in the second column. Note that the glyphs
are the same, but a line is added to add the voice to the consonant.
- For the phoneme "ɔ", use either the "ɑ/ɒ" glyph
or the "o" glyph depending on the original letter.
- Emphasis marks are used for the equivalent of typing in all caps in standard
- The glyphs for "ʧ" and "l" are different. "l" is
written above the line, while "ʧ" extends past the writing line, like a
standard lowercase "p" in English.
- As above, the glyphs for "h" and "ng" are different. "ng" is written partly
below the line.
- In words such as "tree" and "drive," the "tr" and "dr" are written
either as is or as "tʃr" and "dʒr" respectively.
- The "kh" as in Scottish "loch" is written as "kh."
Download an alphabet chart for Neorunic (Excel)
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Other alternative scripts for English
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