The Takeluma alphabet was invented by Peter Cho as a alternative way of writing English. The shapes of the letters and the sounds they represent are intended to be connected via sound symbolism.
The name Takeluma comes from an experiment by Wolfgang Köhler in 1929 which involved showing people shapes like those on the right and asking them to match the shapes the made-up words like takete and makeluma. 95% of the people labelled the shape on top as takete, and the other one as makeluma. This suggests a connection between sounds and shapes similar to the one found in some forms of synesthesia.
You can find more details about Takeluma and Peter Cho's other projects at
Constructed scripts for: Ainu | Arabic | Chinese languages | Dutch | English | Hawaiian | Japanese | Korean | Malay & Indonesian | Persian | Russian | Sanskrit | Spanish | Tagalog | Taino | Turkish | Vietnamese | Welsh | Other natural languages | Colour-based scripts | Phonetic/universal scripts | Constructed scripts for constructed languages | Adaptations of existing alphabets | Fictional alphabets | Magical alphabets | A-Z index | How to submit a constructed script
Why not share this page:
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.
Note: all links on this site to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.