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Univar   Univar

The Univar alphabet is a phonetic script developed by Igor Voloshin in 1997-2001. It is an experimental tool to enable any of (at least any of the European) languages to be written precisely as they sound. The script is designed to be uniform, compact, logically substantiated and graphically attractive.

The Univar includes 176 distinctive letters, 4 of which are punctuation signs ? ! ... , (they have phonetic value assigned as kind of special vowels), 12 are vowels and 160 are distinctive consonant phonemes, arranged in a table called Grossvar in accordance to the way of their production. The form of letters schematically models positions of the voice apparatus used to produce the corresponding phonema. Yet the phonemic system differs from that of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Viability of the classification may be questioned, also not all of the consonants arranged in the Grossvar seem to be pronounceable anyhow (24 of the letters were left without transcription and seem to have no phonetic correspondence in European languages).

The writing system is similar to the J.R.R. Tolkien's Tengwar script in Sindarin mode. It is written left to right in horizontal lines, and vowels are indicated with diacritics located above the consonant which follows them. Words are separated with spaces, and six more signs used in addition to four punctuation marks are full stop, hyphen, colon, semicolon, apostrophe and a dot placed below the letter marking it is a capital one. Numbers 0 to 9 are represented as simple set of dots.

Univar for the Latin alphabet

Univar for the Latin alphabet

Univar for the Cyrillic alphabet

Univar for the Cyrillic alphabet

Univar for the Greek alphabet

Univar for the Greek alphabet

Complete Grossvar table (PDF)

Univar punctuation and numerals

Univar punctuation and numerals

Sample Text (Literal)

Sample text in Univar (literal)

Sample Text (Phonetic)

Sample text in Univar (phonetic)

Translation

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)

Sample Text (Phonetic)

This is philosophic abstract scheme "Pauta" ("The Nine" in Old Egyptian), representing interconnections between nine basic cognitive terms: reality, chaos, order, actuality, object, subject, visibility, observable, observer.

Sample text in Univar

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Download alphabet charts for Univar (Excel), Download a font for Univar (TTF)

Other phonetic/universal scripts


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