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𐑩𐑮𐑤𐑰𐑩𐑮 𐑑𐑩𐑛e 𐑭𐑘 𐑢𐑩𐑟 𐑦𐑯𐑑𐑮𐑩𐑛𐑵𐑕𐑑 — 𐑷𐑮 𐑐𐑩𐑮𐑣𐑨𐑐𐑕 𐑮𐑰𐑦𐑯𐑑𐑮𐑩𐑛𐑵𐑕𐑑 — 𐑑𐑵 𐑞𐑩 𐑖𐑪𐑝𐑾𐑯 𐑨𐑤𐑓𐑩𐑚𐑧𐑑 𐑢𐑦𐑑𐑖 𐑦𐑟 𐑨𐑯 𐑪𐑤𐑑𐑩𐑮𐑯𐑩𐑑𐑦𐑝 𐑑𐑵 𐑞𐑩 𐑕𐑑𐑨𐑯𐑛𐑩𐑮𐑛 𐑦𐑙𐑜𐑤𐑦𐑖 𐑨𐑤𐑓𐑩𐑚𐑧𐑑 𐑞𐑨𐑑 𐑣𐑨𐑟 𐑚𐑦𐑯 𐑦𐑯 𐑘𐑵𐑕 𐑓𐑷𐑮 𐑒𐑢𐑭𐑘𐑑 𐑕𐑩𐑥 𐑑𐑭𐑘𐑥 𐑞𐑩 𐑒𐑧𐑮𐑦𐑒𐑑𐑩𐑮 𐑕𐑧𐑑 𐑢𐑩𐑟 𐑒𐑮𐑰𐑱𐑑𐑩𐑛 𐑚𐑭𐑘 𐑒𐑦𐑙𐑟𐑤𐑰 𐑮𐑧𐑛 𐑦𐑯 𐑞𐑩 𐑥𐑦𐑛 20th 𐑕𐑧𐑯𐑑𐑖𐑩𐑮𐑰 𐑨𐑯𐑛 𐑦𐑟 phonemic 𐑦𐑯 𐑯𐑱𐑑𐑖𐑩𐑮 𐑥𐑰𐑯𐑦𐑙 𐑞𐑨𐑑 𐑤𐑧𐑑𐑩𐑮𐑟 𐑮𐑧𐑐𐑮𐑩𐑟𐑧𐑯𐑑 𐑩 𐑒𐑤𐑨𐑕 𐑩𐑝 𐑕𐑭𐑢𐑯𐑛𐑟 𐑞𐑦𐑕 𐑦𐑟 𐑒𐑢𐑭𐑘𐑑 𐑩 𐑚𐑦𐑑 𐑛𐑦𐑓𐑩𐑮𐑩𐑯𐑑 𐑓𐑮𐑩𐑥 𐑣𐑭𐑢 𐑞𐑩 𐑨𐑤𐑓𐑩𐑚𐑧𐑑 𐑦𐑟 𐑘𐑵𐑟𐑛 𐑓𐑷𐑮 𐑦𐑙𐑜𐑤𐑦𐑖 𐑨𐑯𐑛 𐑦𐑟 𐑒𐑤𐑴𐑕𐑩𐑮 𐑑𐑵 𐑣𐑭𐑢 𐑞𐑩 𐑛𐑠𐑨𐑐𐑩𐑯𐑰𐑟 hiragana 𐑨𐑯𐑛 katakana 𐑒𐑧𐑮𐑦𐑒𐑑𐑩𐑮 𐑕𐑧𐑑𐑕 𐑢𐑩𐑮𐑒 𐑞𐑴 𐑞𐑴𐑟 𐑭𐑮 𐑒𐑤𐑦𐑮𐑤𐑰 𐑓𐑩𐑯𐑧𐑑𐑦𐑒 𐑦𐑯 𐑯𐑱𐑑𐑖𐑩𐑮 𐑨𐑓𐑑𐑩𐑮 𐑮𐑧𐑛𐑦𐑙 𐑔𐑮𐑵 𐑕𐑩𐑥 𐑩𐑝 𐑞𐑩 𐑤𐑦𐑑𐑩𐑮𐑩𐑑𐑖𐑩𐑮 𐑭𐑯 𐑞𐑩 𐑖𐑪𐑝𐑾𐑯 𐑨𐑤𐑓𐑩𐑚𐑧𐑑 𐑭𐑘 𐑥𐑩𐑕𐑑 𐑩𐑛𐑥𐑦𐑑 𐑞𐑨𐑑 𐑦𐑑 𐑢𐑫𐑛 𐑚𐑰 𐑨𐑯 𐑦𐑯𐑑𐑮𐑩𐑕𐑑𐑦𐑙 𐑔𐑦𐑙 𐑑𐑵 𐑤𐑩𐑮𐑯 𐑢𐑦𐑑𐑖 𐑦𐑟 𐑢𐑭𐑘 𐑭𐑘 𐑐𐑤𐑨𐑯 𐑭𐑯 𐑦𐑯𐑝𐑧𐑕𐑑𐑦𐑙 𐑕𐑩𐑥 𐑑𐑭𐑘𐑥 𐑑𐑵 𐑛𐑵 𐑛𐑠𐑩𐑕𐑑 𐑞𐑨𐑑.

𐑴𐑝𐑩𐑮 𐑞𐑩 𐑘𐑦𐑮𐑟 𐑭𐑘 𐑣𐑨𐑝 𐑤𐑩𐑮𐑯𐑛 𐑑𐑵 𐑮𐑧𐑛 𐑮𐑩𐑖𐑩𐑯 𐑒𐑪𐑮𐑰𐑩𐑯 𐑛𐑠𐑨𐑐𐑩𐑯𐑰𐑟 𐑨𐑮𐑩𐑚𐑦𐑒 𐑨𐑯𐑛 𐑰𐑝𐑩𐑯 𐑕𐑩𐑥 𐑩𐑝 𐑞𐑩 𐑣𐑰𐑚𐑮𐑵 𐑒𐑧𐑮𐑦𐑒𐑑𐑩𐑮 𐑕𐑧𐑑𐑕 𐑮𐑭𐑘𐑑𐑦𐑙 𐑕𐑦𐑕𐑑𐑩𐑥𐑟 𐑭𐑮 𐑦𐑯𐑒𐑮𐑧𐑛𐑩𐑚𐑤𐑰 𐑦𐑯𐑑𐑮𐑩𐑕𐑑𐑦𐑙 𐑨𐑯𐑛 𐑪𐑓𐑩𐑯 𐑣𐑨𐑝 𐑣𐑦𐑕𐑑𐑩𐑮𐑰𐑟 𐑞𐑨𐑑 𐑭𐑮 𐑨𐑟 𐑮𐑦𐑑𐑖 𐑨𐑟 𐑞𐑩 𐑤𐑨𐑙𐑜𐑢𐑩𐑛𐑠 𐑞e 𐑮𐑧𐑐𐑮𐑩𐑟𐑧𐑯𐑑 𐑖𐑪𐑝𐑾𐑯 𐑢𐑩𐑟 𐑒𐑮𐑰𐑱𐑑𐑩𐑛 𐑨𐑟 𐑩 𐑥𐑰𐑯𐑟 𐑑𐑵 𐑐𐑮𐑩𐑝𐑭𐑘𐑛 𐑩 𐑕𐑦𐑥𐑐𐑩𐑤 𐑓𐑩𐑯𐑧𐑑𐑦𐑒 𐑪𐑮𐑔𐑭𐑜𐑮𐑩𐑓𐑰 𐑓𐑷𐑮 𐑞𐑩 𐑦𐑙𐑜𐑤𐑦𐑖 𐑤𐑨𐑙𐑜𐑢𐑩𐑛𐑠 𐑢𐑦𐑔 𐑞𐑩 𐑜𐑴𐑤 𐑩𐑝 𐑩𐑤𐑦𐑥𐑩𐑯𐑱𐑑𐑦𐑙 𐑞𐑩 𐑑𐑖𐑨𐑤𐑩𐑯𐑛𐑠𐑩𐑟 𐑩𐑝 𐑒𐑩𐑯𐑝𐑧𐑯𐑖𐑩𐑯𐑩𐑤 𐑕𐑐𐑧𐑤𐑦𐑙 𐑨𐑟 𐑧𐑯𐑰𐑢𐑩𐑯 𐑣𐑵 𐑣𐑨𐑟 𐑕𐑐𐑧𐑯𐑑 𐑩 𐑒𐑩𐑐𐑩𐑤 𐑩𐑝 𐑥𐑩𐑯𐑔𐑕 𐑪𐑯𐑤𐑭𐑘𐑯 𐑢𐑦𐑤 𐑩𐑑𐑧𐑕𐑑 𐑒𐑩𐑮𐑧𐑒𐑑 𐑕𐑐𐑧𐑤𐑦𐑙 𐑦𐑟 𐑒𐑤𐑦𐑮𐑤𐑰 𐑩 𐑑𐑖𐑨𐑤𐑩𐑯𐑛𐑠 𐑓𐑷𐑮 𐑥𐑧𐑯𐑰 𐑐𐑰𐑐𐑩𐑤.

𐑢𐑭𐑘𐑤 𐑓𐑭𐑯𐑑 𐑕𐑩𐑐𐑷𐑮𐑑 𐑓𐑷𐑮 𐑞𐑩 𐑖𐑪𐑝𐑾𐑯 𐑨𐑤𐑓𐑩𐑚𐑧𐑑 𐑦𐑟 𐑤𐑦𐑥𐑩𐑑𐑩𐑛 𐑦𐑑 𐑣𐑨𐑟 𐑚𐑦𐑯 𐑐𐑭𐑮𐑑 𐑩𐑝 𐑘𐑵𐑯𐑩𐑒𐑴𐑛 𐑕𐑦𐑯𐑕 2003 𐑞𐑦𐑕 𐑥𐑰𐑯𐑟 𐑞𐑨𐑑 𐑕𐑩𐑥 𐑩𐑝 𐑞𐑩 𐑥𐑷𐑮 𐑒𐑩𐑥𐑐𐑤𐑰𐑑 𐑓𐑭𐑯𐑑𐑕 𐑘𐑵𐑟𐑛 𐑚𐑭𐑘 𐑭𐑐𐑩𐑮𐑱𐑑𐑦𐑙 𐑕𐑦𐑕𐑑𐑩𐑥𐑟 𐑢𐑦𐑤 𐑖𐑴 𐑞𐑩 𐑒𐑨𐑮𐑦𐑒𐑑𐑩𐑮𐑟 𐑦𐑯 𐑩 𐑮𐑰𐑛𐑩𐑚𐑩𐑤 𐑥𐑨𐑯𐑩𐑮 𐑐𐑩𐑮𐑣𐑨𐑐𐑕 𐑢𐑩𐑯 𐑛𐑱 𐑦𐑑 𐑢𐑦𐑤 𐑕𐑰 𐑩 𐑤𐑦𐑑𐑩𐑤 𐑥𐑷𐑮 𐑩𐑛𐑭𐑐𐑖𐑩𐑯 𐑨𐑟 𐑢𐑰 𐑒𐑩𐑯𐑑𐑦𐑯𐑘𐑵 𐑑𐑵 𐑥𐑵𐑝 𐑥𐑷𐑮 𐑩𐑝 𐑭𐑢𐑩𐑮 𐑒𐑩𐑥𐑘𐑵𐑯𐑩𐑒𐑱𐑖𐑩𐑯 𐑪𐑯𐑤𐑭𐑘𐑯 𐑢𐑧𐑮 𐑕𐑐𐑧𐑤𐑦𐑙 𐑒𐑩𐑯𐑑𐑦𐑯𐑘𐑵𐑟 𐑑𐑵 𐑐𐑤𐑱 𐑨𐑯 𐑦𐑥𐑐𐑷𐑮𐑑𐑩𐑯𐑑 𐑮𐑴𐑤.

Standard English Version

Earlier today I was introduced — or perhaps reintroduced — to the Shavian alphabet, which is an alternative to the standard English alphabet that has been in use for quite some time. The character set was created by Kingsley Read in the mid-20th century and is phonemic in nature, meaning that letters represent a class of sounds. This is quite a bit different from how the alphabet is used for English and is closer to how the Japanese Hiragana and Katakana character sets work, though those are clearly phonetic in nature. After reading through some of the literature on the Shavian alphabet, I must admit that it would be an interesting thing to learn … which is why I plan on investing some time to do just that.

Over the years I have learned to read Russian, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, and even some of the Hebrew character sets. Writing systems are incredibly interesting and often have histories that are as rich as the language they represent. Shavian was created as a means to provide a simple, phonetic orthography for the English language with the goal of eliminating the challenges of conventional spelling. As anyone who has spent a couple of months online will attest, correct spelling is clearly a challenge for many people.

While font support for the Shavian alphabet is limited, it has been part of Unicode since 2003. This means that some of the more complete fonts used by operating systems will show the characters in a readable manner. Perhaps one day it will see a little more adoption as we continue to move more of our communication online, where spelling continues to play an important role.