The Universal Alphabet was invented by Michael Ramsay to
phonetically transcribe an anthology of interfaith texts in
many different languages. The use of one script for many languages
highlights the fundamental message of interfaith dialogue which
is unity in diversity.
- Writing system: alphabet
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal line
- Used to write: any known human language
- Based on a 'root' symbol system. Consonantal sounds are made up of the manner in which sounds are made and the place of articulation. When root symbols are combined they indicate both of these pieces of information. Vowels, likewise, use root symbols to indicate height and advancement.
Download an alphabet chart for the Universal Alphabet (Excel)
Download a font for the Universal Alphabet
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)
Other phonetic scripts
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.
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