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DIXYU SEICI - 1ST REVISION

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This is the raw base of the new Dixyu Seici (rational/logic alphabet) writing system I'm developing for Sceistian. It's based on sound families (like the previous one), but this time the characters themselves are also visually related to each other.

This is the first draft and it's far from perfect. Many of the characters are way too complex to be comfortably written by hand, for example. Nevertheless, it'll serve as a starting point and logical base for upcoming releases.
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SonarSnow's avatar
I like the way the letters look- almost like a futuristic-looking simplified Japanese, at least to me.
ClockwerkMao's avatar
Looks simpler than Georgian. That's probably just the boxiness though.
KVirtanen's avatar
Very true, although I think Georgian would probably be quicker to write by hand because of all the curves. More ergonomic, if you will : )
EmperorZelos's avatar
oh a featural script, interesting but not my cup of tea.
KVirtanen's avatar
Thanks for the term, btw. It lead me to Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics ([link]), which is almost exactly how I was going to implement this. I'm glad I didn't. :)
KVirtanen's avatar
Whatever floats your boat, right? :) Out of curiosity, what's your favorite brand of 'tea', and what do you like the best in it?
EmperorZelos's avatar
I don't drink tea :P It is not my cup of tea either XP But yes this is a taste thing after all.
KVirtanen's avatar
By the way, with 'tea', I meant 'writing system'. :) What's your favourite approach to writing systems, and the best thing about them?
EmperorZelos's avatar
Ah my bad =)

they are interesting in their structure and attempt to mimic a spoken system yet being imperfect for the job.
KVirtanen's avatar
One could say writing is to words what words are to strong feelings.
EmperorZelos's avatar
....maybe XD thats poetry
KVirtanen's avatar
True :) Come to think about it, the Latin alphabet is kind of a highly evolved featural script, considering it's roots that are in the pictogram-like Phoenician alphabet, where most of the letters depicted objects or animals and the sounds their names had in them.

That's what this chart is for, to have a rough logic to build the final script on. It'll probably look a lot different by the time I'm finished.
EmperorZelos's avatar
....eh no. There are no natural written system that is featural. Hangul is featural but it was constructed.
KVirtanen's avatar
...eh that's why the "kinda", I'm trying to have a light conversation here. Somebody's been eating grumpy cookies. :)
EmperorZelos's avatar
No :P I got a syndrome and I am very picky, you can add a shitload of qualifiers that increase vagueness, it will never even be close to a featural system.

Alphabets are their own class of writing system where the symbols tend to mean a single sound (vowels being exception) and the symbols have little to no relation to one another and their sounds =)

I myself have made up an entirely new system XP I am working on getting all the symbols for it.
KVirtanen's avatar
Hooookay... Well, I'm on a bit of an energy saving mode now, so I'll just wish you good luck for your own venture in writing systems. :)
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tlhakujunkan's avatar
I like the shape of the letters and your little relationship wheels down at the botton. ^_^ The shapes aren't too complex for a typed form, and they look like they could be pretty easily simplified for handwriting, in my opinion. It'll be interesting to see what else you do with it.
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Thanks a lot! :handshake:

Yeah, my goal is to find a way to create as simple, logical and easily memorable writing system as possible for Sceistian. That's why I tied their visual appearance to closely-related sounds. I really like the simplicity of the Latin alphabet, and will definitely strive to cut down on the amount of strokes each character needs. I don't know if more than 3 or 4 is justifiable anymore - to me the strokes after that start to be decorative only.

I'm an etymology nut, so to me it's important to have something concrete for the system to evolve from. You could say this is merely a wireframe at this point, and the final characters might look rather different from these. But they will be based on this chart, one way or another, and so their appearance can be explained by taking a look at it. Think of it as a way to add more depth and "history" to my conlang :)

The developments in the writing system will be closely tied to a full revision of the lexicon I'm going to do in the near future :)
tlhakujunkan's avatar
Sounds like you've got a plan! I think etymology is interesting as well, so I'm looking forward to how this develops. It could go the other way and become more complex, like Chinese, or you could pare it down to something like, say, Ogham. It'll be neat to see the steps you take either way. :)
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I'm glad you're interested, thanks! :handshake:
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