Nitalha is an alternative spelling system for English invented by Sam Langer in 2019. It uses combinations of syllables to create a different sound for each English sound, similar to an abugida. Sam was inspired by Sascha Mücke's Kalis Script when he made it.
How it works
- Nitalha is cipher-like alternate spelling system. It combines X- and Y-values to create different sounds. Each IPA symbol in the chart below corresponds to intersecting X- and Y-values. For example, in Nitalha, the sound /m/ corresponds to the Y-value "pa" and the X-value "ni." To get the sound for "m" in Nitalha, you combine Y with X (not X with Y). In this case, Y + X would be Pani, which would be the Nitalha sound for M.
- With sounds with no X-value, you just use the Y value, so /k/ would be "Ka."
- In the X and Y boxes, the pronunciation is shown first, then the spelling in parentheses.
- The vowels in the chart are not IPA pronunciation.
- Any pronunciation of the vowel has the same symbol. For example, A as in "apple" would be spelled the same way as A as in "name."
- Nitalha uses the letters č (tʃ) and š (ʃ).
- Instead of "Q," you write the Nitalha equivalent of "Kw."
- You can use a dash (-) instead of an apostrophe (') when writing 'i, 'i'i, and 'a.
Aradiradi kašipa'i'ipani'atani padita'ipa'ikanitazi arata'i padita'i'iratani pasiratani pasirata'ita'i atanitadi ta'ikapazi'aradi pa'itani tadipa'ikaditanipa'itapači atanitadi rapa'ikazitatasi. Tadhita'ipači arata'i ta'itanitadita'i'ipazita'itadi pazipa'itathi rata'i'atazita'i'itani atanitadi kata'i'itanitašipa'ita'itanitasita'i atanitadi tašita'i'ipa'i'iraditadi akata tata'i'ipazi'arataditazi ta'i'itanita'i atanita'i'itadhita'ira pa'itani a tasipapa'irapa'ita ta'i'ipathi padirata'i'itadhita'irakašita'i'ita'i'itadi.
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)
Scripts invented by Sam Langer
Other constructed scripts
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