Undine is a logographic script and chromatophore-based language created by Brian Loo Soon Hua during the autumn of 2018. The Undine language and script were designed as a fun challenge because Brian, badly bitten by the conlang bug, had wanted to create a language that was: A.) written using logograms, B.) non-verbal, C.) "spoken" by non-human entities and D.) "spoken" underwater.
Sentences are chains of moving glyphs appearing like colourful bars on the colour-changing skins of the Undine race. In writing, the glyphs most often appear in vertical boustrophedon, alternating directions line-by-line from top-down to bottom-up and going from left to right. In "spoken" conversation, the first sentences appears on the Undine's skin, vanish and is then replaced by the next sentence in logical sequence.
Undines are vaguely-humanoid water-based elementals with a fish- and crustacean-like anatomy. Their heads resemble large, bloated catfish, complete with gills, a full set of fins, long sensory chin barbells and smooth pink skins covered in microscopic, colour-changing chromatophore cells. Their slender, emaciated bodies are covered in pale-grey exoskeletons resembling prawn shells, their hands look like large orange ducks' feet and their long, footless legs terminate in sharp points like those of a giant crab or lobster. Lacking vocal cords, they communicate entirely by manipulating the colour of their skin, forming complex logographic glyphs on their heads and faces. Like cuttlefish, they can control the patterns on the left and right sides of their head-bodies independently, thus being capable of simultaneously holding two separate conversations with other Undines swimming on either side of them.
All Undines are hatched free and equal in dignity and rights. They possess reason and conscience. They should act towards one another like brood-siblings.
(Undine version of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
My hovercraft is full of eels.
Brian's webpage about the Undine language
Another script by Brian Loo Soon Hua: Phorcydian
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