Recently I discovered the Shavian alphabet, and have passed a few days playing with it. One result is an Emacs Mule input method, which I developed for this alphabet.
My first intention was to apply the familiar SAMPA ASCIIzation; yet in order to simplify the input I have made a few modifications.
In order to avoid frequent upcasing in
I, aI, eI, I use the
digraph for [i:] (i.e. 𐑰), thus freeing
i for [ɪ] (i.e. 𐑦). Hence I
can use the simpler
ei, ai etc combinations. The same holds for
u instead of the SAMPA's
U (and hence the simpler
y is used for [j] (i.e. 𐑘, yea), so that the “deep” letter
j can be used for [dʒ] (judge, 𐑡); and the “tall” upper-case
the unvoiced [tʃ] (church, 𐑗).
Most ligatures are the normal SAMPA combinations:
If for some strange reason you have to avoid merging a combination into a single Shavian letter, you can enter and erase a space between the combining characters; that will break the sequence, and the inputs shall be disjoint. E.g.
A SPC BS r
shall input two consecutive letters 𐑭𐑮, not a single are ligature (𐑸).
The input method module is available here: shavian-ucs.el. Put it
somewhere in your Elisp
load-path hierarchy; and evaluate (add in your
.emacs) the method specification:
(register-input-method "shavian-ucs" "utf-8" 'quail-use-package "𐑖8" "A SAMPA-like method to input Shavian letters" "shavian-ucs")You can choose an input method by
C-x C-M C-\; thereafter you shall be able to toggle the input methods by
There are several Unicode fonts for the Shavian alphabet. Unfortunately none of them has kerning for the Shavian part, and most use the stingy interword spacing traditional in the English-language typography (0.3 em, which is too narrow; the Russian norm is 0.5 em). In this situation monospaced fonts could be more readable than the proportional ones.
I also like to play with the esperantic version of the project, la Ŝava alfabeto.
Below is the result of an input exercise I used to check my input method.
𐑧𐑜 𐑱𐑡 𐑨𐑖 𐑲𐑕
𐑩𐑛𐑵 𐑳𐑐 𐑪𐑯
𐑴𐑒 𐑢𐑫𐑤 𐑵𐑟 𐑬𐑑 𐑶𐑤 𐑭 𐑷
𐑸 𐑹 𐑺 𐑻 𐑼𐑱 𐑽 𐑾 𐑿
(This traditional pangram, of course, is no pangram for the Shavian alphabet, but anyway:)
𐑞𐑩 𐑒𐑢𐑦𐑒 𐑚𐑮𐑬𐑯 𐑓𐑪𐑒𐑕 𐑡𐑳𐑥𐑐𐑕 𐑴𐑝𐑼 𐑞𐑩 𐑛𐑪𐑜.
(I do not like this pangram, but I do not know anything better:)
𐑼𐑱𐑟 𐑝 𐑗𐑬𐑛𐑻-𐑣𐑱𐑑𐑦𐑙 ·𐑚𐑪𐑣𐑦𐑥𐑾𐑯𐑟 𐑓𐑽 𐑢𐑹𐑒, 𐑘𐑧𐑑 𐑑𐑶𐑤 𐑦𐑯 𐑺, 𐑢𐑭𐑑𐑻, 𐑓𐑲𐑮, 𐑯 𐑻𐑔, 𐑷𐑤 𐑓𐑹 𐑩 𐑒𐑳𐑐 𐑝 𐑒𐑪𐑓𐑰 𐑞𐑨𐑑 𐑩 𐑕𐑸𐑡𐑩𐑯𐑑 𐑚𐑮𐑵𐑛, 𐑖𐑫𐑼𐑤𐑦 𐑩 𐑐𐑤𐑧𐑠𐑼 𐑓𐑿 𐑓𐑹𐑜𐑴.
(Arrays of chowder-hating Bohemians fear work, yet toil in air, water, fire, and earth, all for a cup of coffee that a sergeant brewed, surely a pleasure few forgo.)
𐑷𐑤 𐑣𐑿𐑥𐑩𐑯 𐑚𐑰𐑙𐑟 𐑸 𐑚𐑹𐑯 𐑓𐑮𐑰 𐑯 𐑰𐑒𐑢𐑩𐑤 𐑦𐑯 𐑛𐑦𐑜𐑯𐑦𐑑𐑦 𐑯 𐑮𐑲𐑑𐑕. 𐑞𐑱 𐑸 𐑧𐑯𐑛𐑬𐑛 𐑢𐑦𐑞 𐑮𐑰𐑟𐑩𐑯 𐑯 𐑒𐑷𐑯𐑖𐑩𐑯𐑕 𐑯 𐑖𐑫𐑛 𐑨𐑒𐑑 𐑑𐑩𐑢𐑷𐑛𐑟 𐑪𐑳𐑯 𐑩𐑯𐑩𐑞𐑼 𐑦𐑯 𐑩 𐑕𐑐𐑦𐑮𐑦𐑑 𐑝 𐑚𐑮𐑳𐑞𐑼𐑣𐑫𐑛.
(All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.)
|Sergei Pokrovsky||·𐑕𐑼𐑜𐑱 ·𐑐𐑭𐑒𐑮𐑷𐑓𐑕𐑒𐑰|
|Novosibirsk, 2012-01-05||·𐑯𐑴𐑝𐑴𐑕𐑦𐑚𐑽𐑕𐑒, 2011-11-29|