Tolianem script

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Tolianem script
Type
Abugida
LanguagesArchaic High Elven
Archaic Wood Elven
Classical Wood Elven
Wood Elven (Dragoc)
Time period
1200 BEKE - to this day

The Tolianem script - also known as the Toryanen script - is the primarily writing system of the Wood Elven language - at least the variant used in the Kingdom of Dragoc - and was historically also used to write High Elven too. It is an abugida, where vowels are written as diacritics over or next to consonantal glyphs.

The letters

Consonants

Image Numerical value Sound
Archaic High Elven Archaic Wood Elven Classical Wood Elven Contemporary Wood Elven
Tolianem M.svg 1 m /m/ m /m/ m /m/ m /m/
Tolianem P.svg 2 p /p/ p /p/ f /ɸ/, p /p/ h /h/ [h ç ɸ]
Tolianem B.svg 3 b /b/ b /b/ b /b/ b /b/ [b~β]
Tolianem F.svg 4 f /ɸ/ [ɸ~β] ??? (possibly /p/) f /ɸ/, p /p/ p /p/
Tolianem N.svg 5 n /n/ n /n/ n /n/, ny /ɲ/ n /n/, ny /ɲ/
Tolianem T.svg 6 t /t/ t /t/ t /t/, ts /t͡s/, ch /t͡ɕ/ t /t/, ts /t͡s/, ch /t͡ɕ/
Tolianem D.svg 7 d /d/ d /d/ d /d/, dz /d͡z/, dj /d͡ʑ/ d /d/ [d~ð], z /d͡z/ [d͡z~z], j /d͡ʑ/ [d͡ʑ~ʑ]
Tolianem TH.svg 8 th /θ/ [θ~ð] ??? (possibly /t/ or /s/) Used as numeric only Used as numeric only
Tolianem L.svg 9 l /l/ r /r/ r /r/ r /r/
Tolianem TS.svg 10 ts /t͡s/ ts /t͡s/ Used as numeric only Used as numeric only
Tolianem DZ.svg 11 z /d͡z/ dz /d͡z/ Used as numeric only Used as numeric only
Tolianem S.svg 12 s /s/ s /s/ s /s/, sh /ɕ/ s /s/, sh /ɕ/
Tolianem Z.svg 13 ??? (possibly /s/, /d͡z/ or /r/) z /z/ z /z/, j /ʑ/ z /d͡z/ [d͡z~z], j /d͡ʑ/ [d͡ʑ~ʑ]
Tolianem R.svg 14 r /r/ r /r/ r /r/ r /r/
Tolianem NG.svg 15 Unknown (possibly /ng/) ń /ŋ/ g /g/, n /n/ g /g/, n /n/
Tolianem K.svg 16 k /k/ k /k/ k /k/ k /k/
Tolianem G.svg - g /g/ g /g/ g /g/ g /g/
Tolianem X.svg Radix point h /x/ ??? (possibly /k/) Used as numeric only Used as numeric only
Tolianem KJ.svg Octal up ki /kj/ ky /kʲ/ ky /kʲ/ Made redundant
Used as a numeral only
Tolianem GJ.svg Hexadecimal up gi /gj/ gy /gʲ/ gy /gʲ/ Made redundant
Used as a numeral only
Tolianem J.svg Hexadecimal double y /j/ y /j/, /Cʲ/ y /j/, /Cʲ/ y /j/, /Cʲ/
Tolianem KW.svg Hexadecimal quad kw /kʷ/ kw /kʷ/ k /k/ Made redundant
Used as a numeral only
Tolianem GW.svg Ordinator gw /gʷ/ gw /gʷ/ g /g/ Made redundant
Used as a numeral only
Tolianem XW.svg Negative hw /xʷ/ Unknown (possibly kw /kʷ/) Used as numeric only Used as numeric only
Tolianem W.svg - w /w/, /Cʷ/ w /w/, /Cʷ/ w /w/ w /w/
Tolianem H.svg - /Cʰ/, /Cː/ /Cː/ Used as numeric only Used as numeric only
Tolianem NULL.svg 0 Null initial Null initial Null initial Null initial

Vowels

Image Sound
Archaic High Elven Archaic Wood Elven Classical Wood Elven Contemporary Wood Elven
Tolianem Full Ë.svg ë /ə/ ë /ə/ ë /ə/ ë /ə/
Tolianem Full A.svg a /a/ a /a/ a /a/ a /a/
Tolianem Full E.svg e /e/ e /e/ e /e/ e /ɛ/, é /eː/
Tolianem Full O.svg o /o/ o /o/ o /o/ o /ɔ/, ó /oː/
Tolianem Full I.svg i /i/ i /i/ i /ʲi/ i /ʲi/
Tolianem Full Y.svg ü /ɨ/ [ɨ~ʉ] Not used Not used Not used
Tolianem Full U.svg u /u/ u /u/ u /u/ u /u/

History and usage

High Elven

In addition to Wood Elven, the Tolianem script was also used for the Archaic High Elven language alongside the Early High Elven alphabet - however, the Tolianem script was abruptly phased out of usage after the Early High Elven alphabet evolved into the Classical High Elven alphabet.

Wood Elven

As soon as the script came into existence, it was adopted for writing the Archaic Wood Elven language. Initially, there were two main styles of writing: a "straight" left-to-right system, and a more pseudo-syllabic blocky system, in which letters making up the same syllable written in a block from top to bottom, while a left-to-right ordering of syllables. Unintuitive to foreigners, this system helped native speakers know which syllable did an individual letter belong to, thus being able to apply various syllable-boundary shifts. The pseudo-syllabic block-system was the dominant one for a long time. Its usage continued well into the Classical Era, where calls for spelling reforms were interrupted by a Golden Age of Classical Literature, giving the previously-declining block-writing one last renaissance. As the Classical Wood Elven language evolved into the Contemporary Wood Elven language, a spelling reform was made, which not only deprecated a lot of redundant letters, but also gave the final mercy-kill to the pseudo-syllabic blocky system, finally phasing it out and mandating the left-to-right system.

Input

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