Deccan Lipi

Deccan Lipi is a simplified and modernised script based on the Grantha Lipi script devised by Punya Pranava Pasumarty. It is designed for writing Sanskrit and all South Indian languages, although it can be used for most other Indian languages as well.

This script is nicely designed and presented, but it is also rather boring as just another SEA (South-East Asian) abugida. The reduction of ligatures is probably the most interesting and notable feature, as many scripts in the Subcontinent do have many redundant ligatures.

If I were a betting man, though, I’d say this script won’t get much attention from its intended audience.

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Manjikana

Manjikana is an alternative writing system for Japanese created by Fatbardh Kraja in 2018. Being certain that the current writing systems (Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana and Romaji) do not suit the Japanese language, the author was able to determine 8 unresolved issues while writing.

Inspired by the “Manji” symbol (卍), he was able to find 8 solutions, all included in one single writing system. Manjikana fits the Japanese language’s characteristics, as well as all its dialects.

This system, while aesthetically pleasing, is lacking in linguistic understanding. Creating separate symbols for “sh”, “ts”, and “ch” fails to recognize them as allophonic of other phonemes. The description mentions: “The Manjikana writing system consists of only 33 (+ 2 extra) sounds”, when in fact, Japanese has about 15 consonant phonemes. This does not detract from the appeal of a somewhat simplified system for japanese, but upon close examination, it should be clear that this system isn’t exactly simplified. Pretty, but hardly simplified. I would also take issue with the authors assertion that Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana do not suit the Japanese language. They’ve been using these systems for two thousand years. That would seem to very much meet the definition of “suitable”.

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Allamej

http://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/allamej.htm

Allamej is an alphabet created by Rodrigo Solano to write his constructed language, also called Allamej. The language can also be written with the Roman alphabet to aid its use in electronic media. The Allamej letters are based on the Latin, Greek, Arabic, Syriac, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Korean and a number of other writing systems.

The presentation is a bit clunky, but I like this script, primarily because of its calligraphic potential. All scripts (well, almost all) lend themselves to some form of calligraphy, but this one, borrowing certain elements from Arabic, quite nicely has the ability to be very decorative;

If you would like to see more about the language, check the website: https://allamejlanguage.wixsite.com/global

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no I don’t want fifty thousand bonus miles
you can keep your latest trending styles

there are no deals
that I think of as steals

I do not need the next gadget
I’ve been just fine ’til now without it

give me a day without bings or bells
a moment without noises or smells

turn off all of the machines
bless the silence and all of the in-betweens

Mutya Script

Mutya Script

Mutya, or Mutyang Baybayin, was designed by E.M. Rentoria as an alternative way to write Filipino. It is a calligraphic version of the Baybayin script for ornamental use. It also has influences from the Thai and Lanna scripts.

While I too have an appreciation for South East Asian scripts, I think this one falls short in presentation. It also seems to randomly borrow from its source scripts leaving the finished product looking more constructed than borrowed. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it sort of misses the mark of being “inspired”. The sample is visually appealing, but it also gives away the issues with an overly complex letter design when trying to create a “calligraphic” script.

I give this script 2X3 for aesthetics and functionality.

Midterms

As we (in the US) inch closer to the Midterms, it is our responsibility as citizens to disallow the politicians of their seemingly incurable appetite to ignore those issues that truly make a difference in our quality of life.

Those issues are different for each of us. Don’t be afraid, don’t blow it off, don’t forget, Vote!