Daharran Calligraphy b&w
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Research group of Daharran Linguists
Department of Linguistics,
Faculty of Exo-Sapient Studies,
University of Lek-Jon-Tal,
Orwell, Chronos


Ladies, and Gentlemen; welcome to Ma-Tesh, the first of the three Daharran writing systems in use. This document contains a representation of each Daharran glyph, and an example of a Daharran word (actually, the name of the writing system itself) and an example of Daharran calligraphy.

The Ma-Tesh Letters

The Vowels
All Ma-Tesh syllables are built up around a vowel center; the vowels 'a', 'o' and 'e' are as follows:

The Consonants
For simplicity's sake all the consonants are shown as written upon an 'a'.

Plosive Summal (t and d)

Ma-Tesh tMa-Tesh d
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Plosive Basal (k, q and c)

Ma-Tesh kMa-Tesh qMa-Tesh c
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Fricative Intraportal (s,z,sh,zh)

Ma-Tesh sMa-Tesh zMa-Tesh shMa-Tesh zh
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Plosive Intraportal (pt)

Ma-Tesh pt
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Fricative Postportal (f,v,n,m)

Ma-Tesh fMa-Tesh vMa-Tesh nMa--Tesh m
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Fricative Basal (h)

Ma-Tesh h
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Affricative Summal (j, tsh, dz, ts)

Ma-Tesh jMa-Tesh tshMa-Tesh dzMa-Tesh ts
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Affricative Basal (ch, qh, kh)

Ma-Tesh chMa-Tesh qhMa-Tesh kh
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Liquid (l)

Ma-Tesh l
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A few consonants do not allow for more other consonants to be co-pronounced -- n and m; as they already occupy two of the vocal cords. For the rest, combinations are possible (if sometimes somewhat crowded) just by 'piling' the consonant glyphs in different angles upon the vowel.

Further Syntax
A new syllable is indicated as follows:

Ma-Tesh new syllable
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The word delimiter is shown here:

Ma-Tesh new word
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The syllables and words shown here are (rather uninspiring) A-A and A A.

The word Ma-Tesh is shown below:

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An Example of Daharran Calligraphy

Daharran Calligraphy tinted
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The phrase Kash-Jel-Qe-Qa Lez-Me-Ne-Pte-Sho Dakh-Qed-Pte-Sho Jek-Lon-Jol which may be approximately translated as: You (2nd person singular) will watch! as we three are reigning until we three will transcend using cooperation through alertness

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Development Notes
Text by Anders Sandberg
additional material by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 22 November 2000.