The Sanaverse writing system; a universal auxiliary writing system.

 

Writing is a medium of communication that represents language through the inscription of signs and symbols, and In most languages writing is a complement to a spoken language. Writing was developed by humans with the need of being able to visually record information like messages, laws and history so that it could be easily exchanged. Much like spoken language, writing replies on many of the same structures, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics but with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols which is where writing becomes a system of rules.

 

A writing system is a way of organising and standardising a set of signs or symbols (called characters) which can include things like letters, numbers, diacritic marks and punctuation. Writing systems normally follow a set of rules that are followed so that the recorded information can make sense to the person receiving the information when they read it. These rules can be a number things such as writing direction and word space.

 

The general attributes of writing systems can be placed into two main types, those that represent consonants and vowels (alphabets) and those which represent syllables (syllabaries) although some do both. There are also a number of subdivisions of each type and there are different classifications of writing systems. An example of these are Abjabs or Consonant Alphabets where they have independent letters for consonants and may indicate vowels using some of the consonant letters and/or with diacritics like in Arabic or Hebrew.

The possibilities are endless with there being many different writing systems for many languages, and even some writing systems being used to write more than just one spoken language.

 

Sanaverse is a universal auxiliary writing system. Universal because it could in theory b used to write almost any language and auxiliary because it is not meant to replace existing writing systems but rather offer a way to ease communication between people of different nations and give minority or languages without a writing system an opportunity to record their cultures information. It is important to note that it is auxiliary and is in no way meant to replace a cultures traditional writing system. These are living artifacts with their own identity and history and trying to replace them would be disrespectful.

 

Sanaverse was created by taking a hands on approach by recording the sounds that the human mouth can make. These sounds were then affirmed by cross referencing them by backwards engineering John Hudson’s Sylfaen multi-script typeface. This gave the system a list of sounds that would be needed to be able to record information from not just the writing sysems included in the multi-script but several other languages as well. Each sound on the list was then assigned its own symbol. The base structure of each symbol is not arbitrary but actually based on its phonological feature of the sound that it represents. This makes the system a featural alphabet. Some examples of featural alphabets would be Hangul, Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Pitman Shorthand and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Tengwar. While each letter has a set sound like most phonetic based writing systems, Sanaverse characters do not have a set in stone value. This is to allow the user to adjust the system to what feels most comfortable and natural to a users native language.

 

At this point in time the Sanaverse system can be used to write nearly almost any language with some trial and error, some of the tested languages are Latin, Cyrillic or Greek based language, Armenian, Georgian, Ethiopian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics languages.

 

The Sanaverse writing system is a featural alphabet that consists of a total of 50 letters which is split into 32 consonants and 18 vowels. It also contains six punctuation marks but does not have its own numeral system at this point in time and instead makes use of the standard modern english number system.

The consonants use five shapes that are designed on the position of the five basic mouth placements when making consonant sounds. These are velar, coronal, bilabial, dental and glottal sounds. These five shapes then have several elements that can be added to them based on if the sound is voiced, unvoiced, nasal, fricative, approximate and ejective.

 

Also these elements can be then mixed and matched together to cover sounds that are more than one element, such as a sound that is velar voiced appromixate.

 

The vowels are unrelated to the five basic consonant shapes, they are symbols purely based off the position and shape of the mouth. A single diacritic mark is added above the vowel symbols to indicate if it is a long vowel.

 

There are six punctuation marks in total. For those familiar with the Latin Alphabet some of the marks may look recognisable. The marks are the full stop (period), comma, question mark, exclamation mark and brackets.

 

Sanaverse has a lot more information on it that be found in its guidebook and other accompanying material which can be downloaded for free below or from the webstore.

 

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The Sanaverse writing system; a universal auxiliary writing system.

 

Writing is a medium of communication that represents language through the inscription of signs and symbols, and In most languages writing is a complement to a spoken language. Writing was developed by humans with the need of being able to visually record information like messages, laws and history so that it could be easily exchanged. Much like spoken language, writing replies on many of the same structures, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics but with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols which is where writing becomes a system of rules.

 

A writing system is a way of organising and standardising a set of signs or symbols (called characters) which can include things like letters, numbers, diacritic marks and punctuation. Writing systems normally follow a set of rules that are followed so that the recorded information can make sense to the person receiving the information when they read it. These rules can be a number things such as writing direction and word space.

 

The general attributes of writing systems can be placed into two main types, those that represent consonants and vowels (alphabets) and those which represent syllables (syllabaries) although some do both. There are also a number of subdivisions of each type and there are different classifications of writing systems. An example of these are Abjabs or Consonant Alphabets where they have independent letters for consonants and may indicate vowels using some of the consonant letters and/or with diacritics like in Arabic or Hebrew.

The possibilities are endless with there being many different writing systems for many languages, and even some writing systems being used to write more than just one spoken language.

 

Sanaverse is a universal auxiliary writing system. Universal because it could in theory b used to write almost any language and auxiliary because it is not meant to replace existing writing systems but rather offer a way to ease communication between people of different nations and give minority or languages without a writing system an opportunity to record their cultures information. It is important to note that it is auxiliary and is in no way meant to replace a cultures traditional writing system. These are living artifacts with their own identity and history and trying to replace them would be disrespectful.

 

Sanaverse was created by taking a hands on approach by recording the sounds that the human mouth can make. These sounds were then affirmed by cross referencing them by backwards engineering John Hudson’s Sylfaen multi-script typeface. This gave the system a list of sounds that would be needed to be able to record information from not just the writing sysems included in the multi-script but several other languages as well. Each sound on the list was then assigned its own symbol. The base structure of each symbol is not arbitrary but actually based on its phonological feature of the sound that it represents. This makes the system a featural alphabet. Some examples of featural alphabets would be Hangul, Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Pitman Shorthand and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Tengwar. While each letter has a set sound like most phonetic based writing systems, Sanaverse characters do not have a set in stone value. This is to allow the user to adjust the system to what feels most comfortable and natural to a users native language.

At this point in time the Sanaverse system can be used to write nearly almost any language with some trial and error, some of the tested languages are Latin, Cyrillic or Greek based language, Armenian, Georgian, Ethiopian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics languages.

 

The Sanaverse writing system is a featural alphabet that consists of a total of 50 letters which is split into 32 consonants and 18 vowels. It also contains six punctuation marks but does not have its own numeral system at this point in time and instead makes use of the standard modern english number system.

The consonants use five shapes that are designed on the position of the five basic mouth placements when making consonant sounds. These are velar, coronal, bilabial, dental and glottal sounds. These five shapes then have several elements that can be added to them based on if the sound is voiced, unvoiced, nasal, fricative, approximate and ejective.

 

Also these elements can be then mixed and matched together to cover sounds that are more than one element, such as a sound that is velar voiced appromixate.

 

The vowels are unrelated to the five basic consonant shapes, they are symbols purely based off the position and shape of the mouth. A single diacritic mark is added above the vowel symbols to indicate if it is a long vowel.

 

There are six punctuation marks in total. For those familiar with the Latin Alphabet some of the marks may look recognisable. The marks are the full stop (period), comma, question mark, exclamation mark and brackets.

 

Sanaverse has a lot more information on it that be found in its guidebook and other accompanying material which can be downloaded for free below or from the webstore.

 

Guidebook | Phrase Book | Font Book

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The Sanaverse writing system; a universal auxiliary writing system.

 

Writing is a medium of communication that represents language through the inscription of signs and symbols, and In most languages writing is a complement to a spoken language. Writing was developed by humans with the need of being able to visually record information like messages, laws and history so that it could be easily exchanged. Much like spoken language, writing replies on many of the same structures, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics but with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols which is where writing becomes a system of rules.

 

A writing system is a way of organising and standardising a set of signs or symbols (called characters) which can include things like letters, numbers, diacritic marks and punctuation. Writing systems normally follow a set of rules that are followed so that the recorded information can make sense to the person receiving the information when they read it. These rules can be a number things such as writing direction and word space.

 

The general attributes of writing systems can be placed into two main types, those that represent consonants and vowels (alphabets) and those which represent syllables (syllabaries) although some do both. There are also a number of subdivisions of each type and there are different classifications of writing systems. An example of these are Abjabs or Consonant Alphabets where they have independent letters for consonants and may indicate vowels using some of the consonant letters and/or with diacritics like in Arabic or Hebrew.

The possibilities are endless with there being many different writing systems for many languages, and even some writing systems being used to write more than just one spoken language.

 

Sanaverse is a universal auxiliary writing system. Universal because it could in theory b used to write almost any language and auxiliary because it is not meant to replace existing writing systems but rather offer a way to ease communication between people of different nations and give minority or languages without a writing system an opportunity to record their cultures information. It is important to note that it is auxiliary and is in no way meant to replace a cultures traditional writing system. These are living artifacts with their own identity and history and trying to replace them would be disrespectful.

 

Sanaverse was created by taking a hands on approach by recording the sounds that the human mouth can make. These sounds were then affirmed by cross referencing them by backwards engineering John Hudson’s Sylfaen multi-script typeface. This gave the system a list of sounds that would be needed to be able to record information from not just the writing sysems included in the multi-script but several other languages as well. Each sound on the list was then assigned its own symbol. The base structure of each symbol is not arbitrary but actually based on its phonological feature of the sound that it represents. This makes the system a featural alphabet. Some examples of featural alphabets would be Hangul, Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Pitman Shorthand and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Tengwar. While each letter has a set sound like most phonetic based writing systems, Sanaverse characters do not have a set in stone value. This is to allow the user to adjust the system to what feels most comfortable and natural to a users native language.

 

At this point in time the Sanaverse system can be used to write nearly almost any language with some trial and error, some of the tested languages are Latin, Cyrillic or Greek based language, Armenian, Georgian, Ethiopian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics languages.

 

The Sanaverse writing system is a featural alphabet that consists of a total of 50 letters which is split into 32 consonants and 18 vowels. It also contains six punctuation marks but does not have its own numeral system at this point in time and instead makes use of the standard modern english number system.

The consonants use five shapes that are designed on the position of the five basic mouth placements when making consonant sounds. These are velar, coronal, bilabial, dental and glottal sounds. These five shapes then have several elements that can be added to them based on if the sound is voiced, unvoiced, nasal, fricative, approximate and ejective.

 

Also these elements can be then mixed and matched together to cover sounds that are more than one element, such as a sound that is velar voiced appromixate.

 

The vowels are unrelated to the five basic consonant shapes, they are symbols purely based off the position and shape of the mouth. A single diacritic mark is added above the vowel symbols to indicate if it is a long vowel.

 

There are six punctuation marks in total. For those familiar with the Latin Alphabet some of the marks may look recognisable. The marks are the full stop (period), comma, question mark, exclamation mark and brackets.

 

Sanaverse has a lot more information on it that be found in its guidebook and other accompanying material which can be downloaded for free below or from the webstore.

 

Guidebook

Phrase Book

 Font Book