These glyphs are logosyllabic, combining about 500 logograms (which represent whole words) and 220 syllabograms (which represent syllables). About 300 glyphs are commonly used.
These are primarily meant to be an epigraphic system, but a handwritten version is possible. Writing direction: vertical from top to bottom and from left to right. These glyphs are a mixed system like Japanese or Mayan, consisting of logograms and featural syllabic glyphs. Unlike Mayan glyphs which are logograms complemented by a set of syllabic glyphs, This system is primarily a syllabary complemented by logograms.
The term tloko means “syllable”, while omya means “carve; etching”. Both can be used to refer to this writing system.
Each consonant has three forms. The form used depends on the vowel added to form the syllable glyph. (ø = null consonant)
The vowels elements are shown here with the null consonant glyph. (-C = null vowel, or final consonant)
Plurals, negatives, and adverbials are marked with suffixed symbols that do not constitute full glyphs. In the noki direction they are appended to the bottoms of glyphs, and in the nota they are added to the right of the glyph.
In the above sample tsaka (meaning “house”) is rendered with each prefix: yetsaka “that house over there”, uatsaka “that house by you”, and itsaka “this house by me”.
Glyph writing direction
Kala glyphs can be arranged in various ways. Given that it is an epigraphic script, most of the directional variations would depend on the structure or materials being carved on.
As can be seen in the image, there are three standard writing directions, each indicated by a particular marker (in green). These markers are not required but aid in determining reading direction. Kyepe means “zig-zag” and the glyphs are read similar to Mayan. The kyepe direction is the most decorative and therefore the least common. Noki means “vertical” and nota means “horizontal”, these are self-explanatory. The tletsa (column) method is rare but can be used to conserve space on a surface.
This is a gallery of the glyphs listed in “alphabetical” order. This order will not change, but as glyphs are added the images will be updated.
This gallery is the syllabary in the “handwritten form”. This form excludes use of the logoglyphs with very few exceptions.
Similar Constructed Glyph Systems
There are a number of similar systems around the web that I admire and have taken inspiration from. I recommend these to anyone interested in these types of writing systems.
1) Sitelen was created for Toki Pona, but could feasibly be used for any number of languages.
2) Brumian is a script very similar to Sitelen but has a different phonological flavor.
3) Pseudoglyphs is a wonderfully done system that has multiple styles and functions ideally for its language.