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Mattias Persson
   
the Unstoppable Alphabet-maker of Uppsala
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Mattias Persson has created hundreds of writing systems over the years (about one per week every week). Often Mattias takes an existing script and extends it to enable a much larger inventory of phonemes to be written. Many scripts are inspired by the rich Brahmic family of writing systems of India and Southeast Asia. This is a sample of his prolific output, updated regularly. Most recent at the top.

Visual index of scripts

Introduction

My name is Mattias Persson, and I live in Uppsala, about 70 kilometres north-north-west of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. I was born in 1967, in a smaller village called Sala, located about 50 kilometres west-north-west of Uppsala.

As long as I can remember, at least since I was 5 years old, I have loved letters, alphabets, syllabaries and other writing systems. When I was young, I just played with plastic letters, but nowadays, I create new writing systems and research writing from all over the world (using the Internet). I had learnt the Latin alphabet already before starting school, but several years had to pass before I learnt to read properly, at about 11 years of age. At 12, I learnt the Ethiopic abugida from a retired missionary who worked at my school. Greek and Cyrillic followed soon after that, and later, Arabic, and Devanagari (for Hindi). At 17, I met another pair of missionaries, who taught me the Mongolian vertical script, and the Kannarese or Kannada script from southern India.

My favorite type of writing system has always been the Indic so-called syllabic alphabets, and the favorite among the many such scripts in existence has always been the Burmese “round script”, Sa Loun, and its extensions.

When I create a new writing system, I often put the letters in the same order as in the Indic scripts (but not always).

I sometimes produce more than one completed script per week. I also sometimes borrow ideas from, or extend, other peoples’ invented scripts, as I usually find other peoples’ scripts better than my own creations. In such cases, I generally try to get in contact with the original creator, so he or she does not get annoyed or angry. I do not mean to steal the other person’s creations; instead, it should be seen as flattery, and really means that I like the other’s script.

It was such an incident that brought me into contact with Mr Ian James. I had found one of his creations, that I liked, and made a new script in the same style. I wanted to show Ian my script, and found his email address at Simon Ager’s excellent writing system web site, Omniglot.

Of course another important web site for me is www.unicode.org where I often find inspiration, despite their rather odd transcription that makes it difficult to learn how to pronounce the new letters.


photo of Mattias Persson 2012

Mattias Persson

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Uppsala

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Index of Scripts (132)

2014
Modern Macisnen A phonetic script built consistently from geometric parts, inspired by a sci-fi script of David J. Peterson.
KapunuPhon A component-based script being an extension of Joseph Barretto’s script Kapunuan.
Bethano Lipi A Brahmic script with some new shapes.
Shigorvi A geometric script, modeled on Brahmic series and extended Japanese phonology.
Pelorian A phonetic script, modeled on Brahmic series and Latin shapes.
Thonuvo An LCD style script based on the shapes of hexadecimal digits, with phonetic-featural vowels.
Shorvina Lipi A new treatment and extension of the 7th century Pallava script, including many more vowels.
Extended Khattarese A development of Nasri Khattar’s script Unified Arabic.
Matsandawe Alphabet with phoneme inventory of Sandawe, design started in 2008.
2013
Swaranyana Large alphabet in a Times New Roman style, with forms subtly derived from various Brahmic scripts.
Burmaniora A Burmese derived abugida with some inspiration from Brittanie McCormack’s Niora script.
Tua KhmaeBu A hybrid of Khmer and Burmese where each letter’s vowel variant is determined by the “hair” on its top (like Akson-e-Saq).
Tua Brasylh Regular alphasyllabary with elements of Brahmi within many letter shapes.
Burthaikanlep Abugida with elements of Burmese, Thai, Lao and other Brahmic scripts.
Thivãta Lipi Full alphabet where each letter is built from phonetic parts.
Adamyanu Albethe A phonetic-featured abugida inspired by Lirean of Edward dela Peña.
KyriLue A hybrid and extension of the Cyrillic and Tai Lue scripts.
ExTaiLue An extension of the Tai Lue script.
Matteluttu An extension of the Tamil script, with a chart showing all matras.
Slinseng di Mwargil A cursive alphabet inspired by Slinseng-Fi of Ian James.
Jacobi Lyppai A large semi-syllabary, where complete syllables may be written with two glyphs.
New Lao An extension and modification of the Lao script, with inline vowels.
Thai Kradum A new syllabic system for Thai, where CV forms are connected inline. The roundness is inspired by Oriya, and the name means “Thai as buttons”.
Nâwâ Lipi A Brahmi-Lanna-Khmer hybrid where consonant clusters and diphthongs form subscripts and superscripts, and a full syllable assembly resembles a boat (nâwâ).
Myandarian Burmese-based script with vowel system based on that of Darian by Ian James.
Tëndolat A large Brahmic abugida resembling Oriya.
Gwidchewa A large-inventory abugida resembling Devanagari, inspired by a script called Gurkha (found on Omniglot).
Bashtondo Lipi Similar to Devanagari, with extra phonemes and many new forms.
Dravida Lipi A Brahmi-based alphabet with toned vowels, and sound system similar to Tamil.
2012
Gisvagian Named after a Japanese game character, this script is an interesting development of Tolkien’s script Tengwar.
Oberonlipih A component-based phonetic alphabet with a cursive wavy flow.
Lisan ul‘ayni An abugida where syllables are joined to make wave-like words.
Dargothi An alphabet where glyphs are derived from many sources.
Polynesia Syllabic script where consonants modify vowels, mainly for CV languages.
NeoHatran An extended alphabet derived from a stylization of the ancient Hatran script.
Brahmiyezd An abjad-abugida inspired by a Yezdi cypher.
Xälwori An elvish syllabary.
Lashon An extension of the Hebrew alphabet with many new letter shapes.
Marrana Lipi Alphabet using just a V shape and diacritics.
Burkailau Alphabet inspired by Modern Kayah Li, with extra vowels and influences from Lao and Burmese.
NoMoBel A variation of Bell’s Visible Speech, based on Neo Mon Geometric by Ian James.
Shammai An original Tai alphabet where tone marks attach to the consonant. Sound system is based on Shan.
LikTaiMao Mai A new kind of alphabet, inspired by the “bean sprout” script of Shan, with vowels derived from ancient Samaritan.
Mjama Sa An expansion and revision of Ian James’ Neo Mon Geometric, for Burmese and Sanskrit.
Mifo-Cyrillic a Cyrillic-based script inspired by the Adyghe “ancient” alphabet.
NeoLodwick a phonetic alphabet extending that of Francis Lodwick’s 17th century Universal Alphabet.
Matsumerian a fully cursive script especially for languages with CVC syllables.
Macirt based on Tolkien’s script Cirth, with Times New Roman style.
Cham Mai a revision of the Eastern Cham script, where new vowel forms allow a smoother flow of text.
Ancient Vithojem the original form of Vithojem, where the vowels were attached to their consonant.
Vithojem a variation of Thomas More’s Utopian alphabet, with Cyrillic and Indic influences.
Kirentina a TaiLue-style script with scientifically built consonants, influenced by Brahmi, in the style of the font Frankfurter by Linotype.
Kartuli Phonet’ik’uri Anbani an extended Georgian alphabet, in a style based on the font Frankfurter by LinoType.
Mjama Thai Burmese consonants in a style derived from the font Frankfurter by Linotype. TaiLe- or NewTaiLue-style vowels derived from Burmese and some other sources.
Mandalâkshara a syllabary of the southern Indic type, derived from Burmese characters.
Xanadian Syllabary a neat and regular syllabary from the fictional ancient city of Xanadu, in the con-world of Matharth.
Xanadian Phonetic Alphabet a very full phonetic alphabet from the linguists of Xanadu.
2011
NawaBrahmi
Indic syllabary, of the component variety.
ThaiTaiLue extended inline Thai alphabet with ideas from TaiLue.
Brahmi Lue full, modern Indic-style alphabet with vowels and finals derived from the TaiLue script.
Alcesian a bold, serifed innovation built upon Ian James’ Full Aelg.
Tropozia Lipi syllabary based very loosely on Ian James’ Elektrum, with vowels inside the consonant frame.
KhuenTaiLue hybrid of Khuen/Lanna and New Tai Lue, with some extra phonemes.
Thai Pen Sen linear extension of Thai, using inline vowels and new tone system.
Arabiyat-il-Latînat a left-to-right revision of Arabic, with Latin-style glyphs, somewhat reminiscent of Bostani.
CyrTai a modified Cyrillic script for Thai and/or Indic languages.
HurufArkawi Arkian letters, inspired by the game ANIMA Ark of Sinners.
ShastraLipi Indic and SE Asian consonant forms, with “scientific” vowel system.
Akson Dawk the ‘flower’ script, Indic-based.
Bhartuli a stylized Indic script.
Siizu Lipi complex but clearly organized component syllabary.
Indarthai a cursive alphabet with modifier diacritics.
Myanmai an alphabet with influences from Burmese, Ramkhamhaeng Thai and other South Asian scripts.
Myangon
hybrid of extended Burmese and Gondi scripts.
Mammattia Lipi abugida inspired by, and derived from, Matt Youen’s script Banlehu.
Ishchuq’ alphabet derived from Armenian, with phonetic digraphs & trigraphs.
Ethebar a syllabary where the parts are joined, reminiscent of Ethiopic.
Bharatakshara extended Indic script in the style of Devanagari.
Karwe Shan hybrid alphabet with Burmese-based consonants and TaiLe-style vowels.
Bharaklak Lipi square Indic script where vowels are joined; name comes from /bhara/ “Indic” + /klak/ Thai for “box”.
Khudawadi Lipi
the lovely old Sindhi script, with extensions for Arabic etc.
Nawariyakkhara a stylization and extension of the Ariyaka script of King Rama IV of Siam.
Ramkhamia Lipi extension and development of King Ramkhamhaeng’s Thai script; more consonants and linear vowels.
Akson Hima Phaan Brahmi-style syllabary with influences from Japanese Kana.
Kwerbha Lyppai new syllabary with stacked components, inspired by a joke of Ian James.
BurShanLe hybrid of Burmese, Shan and TaiLe.
MongolBichig a right-to-left (rotated 90 degrees clockwise) Mongolian script with Latin-based glyphs.
Akson-e-Saq Indic-based alphabet with bitonal consonants; the saq ‘hair’ refers to the stroke on top of the letters.

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