The Chraki Syllabary
I have put together a chart that arranges and shows all the valid syllabograms in Chraki (and several protosyllabograms). If you’re wondering what a syllabogram or a syllabary is, please see the post I made about the Chraki Writing System. I have also made this post full-width (no sidebar) so as to accomodate the syllabary chart.
For ease of use though, I have included the definitions of syllabary and syllabogram below from the post about the writing system:
- To quote Wikipedia:… a set of written symbols that represent the syllables … which make up words. A symbol in a syllabary, is called a syllabogram.</q. In Chraki, the syllabary is a set of symbols that represent phonetic units (pseudo-syllables) as opposed to real (natural) spoken syllables due to the morphetic layer. [Review the definition of the morphetic layer from Basic Phonetic Structure]
- To further quote Wikipedia:… typically represents an (optional) consonant sound (simple onset) followed by a vowel sound (nucleus).The inset terms here can also be applied to Chraki syllabograms, as they are representations of phonetic units which follow the same pattern: an optional simple onset (consonant) followed by a nucleus (vowel).
The Official Chraki Syllabogram
The following is the Official Chraki Syllabogram. I hope that it’s pretty straight-forward, but I shall elaborate.
Legend / How To Read
Across the top are the categories of consonants (those grouped together through the diacritics), and down the left side are the categories of (mixed/modifier/pure) vowels (grouped together through the diacritics). The ” – ” indicates the top dash consonant diacritic, the ” ° ” indicates the top circle consonant diacritic, while finally the ‘ ” ‘ (double-quotes) indicates the upper-right vowel diacritic.
In the second row is the example protosyllabograms that inspire the rest of the syllabograms in the column (each one is a combination of the independent vowel syllabogram combined with the base protosyllabogram.) These symbols aren’t meant to normally be used in writing.
To read, you can start with a consonant (or mixed vowel) sound (which comes first) and then go down until you reach the vowel you want to put it with (which comes second). Thus, each cell in the table represents the column first, row second. I have annotated the table itself with title attributes as well, so if you move your mouse over a syllabogram for a second you can see its identification.
I have also created links on every square to the Encyclopaedia entry for that syllabogram (or family of syllabograms.)
NOTE: This won’t look good on a vertical phone screen. Unfortunately, that’s somewhat the nature of such a large table like this. Turning your phone horizontal will improve the rendering, but, it’s still lacking. For best effect please view this chart on a large(r) screen.
So what exactly do the diacritics look like?
Diacritics In Action
The following is excerpted from the post about the Chraki Writing System:
Accents / Diacritics
To alleviate this number we use two different accent marks (diacritics) akin to the Japanese dakuten and handakuten ( 濁点 and 半濁点 ). One diacritical placement indicates the form of vowel/nucleus (the upper right, distinguishes between two choices) and another diacritical placement indicates the form of the consonant/onset (directly above, distinguishing between up to three choices).
The vowel diacritical (the upper right) consists of either a blank space or the following (Japanese inspired) symbol (two vertical dashes). On the left is the diacritical symbol, and on the right is an example symbol with and without the diacritical (representing / ai / and / ay / respectively.)
/ ai / / ay /
The consonant diacritical (directly above) consists of either a blank space, a line, or a circle (Japanese inspired) symbol. On the left are the diacritical symbols, and on the right are example symbols with and without the diacritical (representing, / ha /, / ba /, and / pa / respectively.)The Chraki Writing System: Accents / Diacritics
Phoneme Diacritical Syllabogram / ha / / ba / / pa /
That’s the syllabary in full for now. In the near future, I hope to have downloadable resources (SVG files, AI files, PSD files, and PNG exports) as well as sell a poster with the syllabary diagram on it.
I also hope to eventually create a potential IME for Windows, and perhaps input methods for macOS and Linux too, complete with fonts so that you one can just “type” proper Chraki right into your computer.
For more information on writing the Chraki language using syllabograms and ideographs, check out the Chraki Writing System. Now that you’ve seen the symbols you might be interested in word formation, in that case, be sure to read Integrations and Disintegrations of Codifications.