Uyata is a syllabary used to represent the Qatama language.
Uyata and the Qatama conlang were invented by Carl Buck for use
in his conworld, Qatama. It was created as an alternative to the
- Uyata is written in glyph blocks by horizontally stacking
the syllable glyphs to form words. The script is written vertically,
in columns running from left to right.
- The word uyata not only refers to the script but also means
"box, container" in Qatama - referring to the boxy appearance
of the glyphs.
- Uyata was inspired by Phags-pa, and the Chinese Seal Script.
- Uyata contains 66 syllable glyphs, 1 null glyph to help form
full glyphs and a syllable reverse glyph to aid in reduction of
syllable glyphs needed to write words.
- Each full word glyph must have a minimum of 2 syllable glyphs
and a maximum of 4.
- The null glyph is most often used to finalize a word glyph,
but can be used to initialize as well.
- The syllable reverse glyph is placed immediately after the
syllable it modifies.
- The script can also be written horizontally in glyph blocks,
but this is only done to save space.
- There is no punctuation used in Qatama, pauses stops and
questions are understood throught the use of context and
Sample text in Uyata
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If you have any questions about Uyata, you can contact Carl at: cfbuckjr[at]gmail[dot]com
Writing systems by Carl Buck
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