Xylphika   Xylphika

Xylphika was invented by Ian James in 2008. It was inspired by various ancient South Asian writing systems, and is an offshoot of his major linguistic project (soon to be published). The name Xylphika is a pseudo-Greek back-derivation from Paracelsus' coinage, meaning 'out of the Sylphic', suggesting translation from the words of an imaginary, intelligent, elfin-like people.

Internal history

Xylphika is the rarely-seen written form of a language sometimes heard by humans, who usually don't realize it is a language at all, or who do, but can't believe their ears. It is used by an ancient race of human-like beings who, through the use of various tricks, remain almost completely invisible to modern humans. They are often confused with elves or undines.

Features of the language

Features of the script

Xylphika script

The phoneme groups

Xylphika script bases

Xylphika script phonemes

One-sided forms of the E and W bases are also available for use in certain combinations.

Other phonemes:

Xylphika script - other phonemes

Egressive forms of all the above phonemes are called Governing. Many of them can be ingressive; they are then called Astral.

Rare phonemes:

Dead trees - voiced fricatives
Human weapons - voiced plosives

Other symbols:

Xylphika script - punctuation

Sample text

The following passage is an imitation of human speech, mostly whispered:

Sample text in the Xylphika script

Approximate transliteration:

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)

In high bardic Xylphika this passage would have read as a joke about two human brothers married to the same wife.

Contact regarding the author's various script systems can be made via email: ianrjames at hotmail dot com.

Alphabets by Ian James

Akkhara Muni, Amethyst, Bostani, Elektrum, Fontok, Klaekson-Zaen, Maui, New Akha, New Maori, New Mong, Pranish, SIGIL, Sigil Panel Script, Slinseng-Fi, Tengwar for Scottish Gaelic, Xylphika

See also: http://www.skyknowledge.com/orthographies.htm

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