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Timescript was designed by Jacqui Fashimpaur in 2021 for the puzzle "Time of Your Life" in the puzzle hunt Matt and Emma's Carnival Conundrum. It encodes phrases in looping 2D animations and uses movement as a critical feature. Timescript is phonemic in that symbols represent categories of similar sounds, but it is not featural; the symbols were designed primarily to look varied and attractive, with consideration for which ones would commonly appear together. Timescript is more decorative than practical and gives writers a great deal of freedom to design their animations like moving calligraphy.

Notable features

Each syllable has a central (not necessarily visible) stem, along which the symbols for its consonant sounds appear in order with a single orthogonal line marking the position of the vowel sound. These all move together in a manner corresponding to the syllable's vowel. The table below illustrates all of the currently defined vowel sounds, presented following the K sound to demonstrate reading order.

Timescript - Vowels

Timescript letter OH
[o/oʊ]
go, home, four
Timescript letter AY
[eː/eɪ]
day, same, care
Timescript letter EH
[ɛ]
set, end, bell
Timescript letter EE
[i]
week, fear, seem
Timescript letter AH
[ɒ/ɔ/ɑ]
odd, dawn, start
(optionally move down for caught rather than cot)
Timescript letter AI
[aɪ]
time, kite, fire
Timescript letter OO
[u/ʉ]
soon, tool, moor
Timescript letter OW
[aʊ]
how, fowl, sour
Timescript letter UH
[ʌ]
run, love, up
Timescript letter OY
[ɔɪ]
toy, boil, point
Timescript letter schwa *
[ə/ɜ]
seven, work, middle
Timescript letter A
[æ/a]
and, sat, rally
Timescript letter U *
[ʊ]
full, book, good
Timescript letter IH
[ɪ]
sit, him, fill

* If all consonants have rotational symmetry, readers will have to try both possible reading directions.

Timescript - Consonants

Timescript letter P, [p]
pig
Timescript letter B, [b]
bat
Timescript letter D, [d]
dog
Timescript letter N, [n]
nose
Timescript letter M, [m]
mouth
Timescript letter NG, [ŋ]
lung
Timescript letter T, [t]
tear
Timescript letter G, [ɡ]
gear
Timescript letter Y, [j]
year
Timescript letter S, [s]
soon
Timescript letter Z, [z]
zoom
Timescript letter F, [f]
far
Timescript letter V, [v]
vain
Timescript letter TH, [θ]
thin
Timescript letter DH, [ð]
the
Timescript letter SH, [ʃ]
shoe
Timescript letter R, [ɻ/r]
red
Timescript letter ZH, [ʒ]
vision
Timescript letter K, [k]
kick
Timescript letter J, [dʒ]
jump
Timescript letter W, [w]
walk
Timescript letter L, [l]
low
Timescript letter H, [h]
high
Timescript letter CH, [tʃ]
check

Sample text

Sample text in Timescript

Transliteration

Those who've read the Book of Ages never admit to it.
From "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang

Further Information
https://www.jacquifashimpaur.com/timescript

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