Pictonote is a logographic script created by Maciej Zajaczkowski. It was originally developed as a writing system for faster note taking by creating a characters few few strokes - usually 6 or less. It contains a high proportion of technical vocabulary from science and engineering. The writing system further evolved to become its own language with its own grammar.
Notable features (Pictonote script)
- Type of writing system: logographic, with 44 basic letters, based on the general concepts of roundness, pointiness, width, length, and size. Generally voiceless consonants represent thin light objects, whereas voiced consonants represent thick dark objects.
- Direction of writing: generally left to right, but can also serve as a 2D/non-linear writing system for mind mapping
- Used to write: English and any other language, including itself as a language
- Pictonote is mainly original, with some symbols borrowed from Chinese, Toki Pona and Blissymbolics.
- Contains a higher variety of strokes compared to an alphabet to decrease repetitive use of the same hand-muscle combinations
- The characters get their pronunciation based on their underlying shapes in a similar way to the buoba/kiki effect [more information].
Notable features (Pictonote language)
- Pictonote has a large degree of inflection which one can keep to a minimum for fast note taking, or use to varying degrees depending on need.
- Pictonote is similar to existing sign languages and borrows ideas presented by E-Prime, in that it sparingly uses words such as 'to be, to, etc', and also lacks articles, including the and a.
- Pictonote is precise, logical and technical. It splits up colloquial/ambiguous words such as 'normal' (which means common, healthy, ok) and 'serious' (meaning to work in focused manner, to do things in a strict/formal manner, and trying too hard) into their specific logical meanings. It also, and hence, lacks tautologies, and cuts down on ambiguous and imprecise phrases such as: 'it is said that', 'it is what it is', or 'this is the way of things'.
- Pictonote also contains a variety of language markers not present in English. These include the 'disambiguation marker', which is like a semicolon but for definitions, and the 'shape/drawing marker', which clarifies the fine boundary between logograms and drawings.
Phonology and Conceptual Alphabet
Highly Abstract Characters
Jwadi pɔɡe pɔz ɮɔ pɔtsɨŋpɔ pɔz kaxpɔʑiʑiɲi pɔlzpɔ bwu-pɔjipwa tsɨpɔʑɡɛ pɔz klaj-mlɔɡ. pɔɡɛtɨpɛda klaj-ɳa klajpɛ bwarɛtspɔ pɔz bwaɮatslaʑ tɨpɛ-pɔz vivwa ɳɔk ʂatɨpɔ tɔɹə klajrə xɛɲ-ɳa ɮɛmtsɬɛ jwɛpɔgɛɲ-ʑi.
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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