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WIP: Finnish morphemic script by Naeddyr WIP: Finnish morphemic script by Naeddyr
Years ago, I got quite a long way with a neography / constructure script for Finnish. It was a morphemic script, ie., every morpheme was represented by a glyph, like Chinese and Japanese, except in ways that aren't important right now. :thumb70176803: [link] was part of that project: a huge bunch of glyphs for the great majority of Finnish grammatical and derivational morphemes. I also had some lexical glyphs, which I'm going to retool for this...

Anyhow, I am thinking of relaunching this project. Here's a page with the conhistorical development ('ancient glyphs' and later calligraphical signs) of a few Finnish radicals, and one phonetic rebus (which I might just remove).

- the phonetic rebus glyph for "ol-", the root of the Finnish copula-verb, olla. This glyph is a combination of two rebus signs, "olka", 'shoulder, shoulder-neck area' and "olki" 'straw'.

- "olka", a glyph developed from the picture of a man from the front and a large shoulder.

- "olki", a glyph developed from a picture of a straw.

I also took the opportunity to create:

- "kyynär(e)", the part of the arm that runs from the wrist to the elbow: the glyph is just a picture like that in §shoulder, with a u-shaped arm.

- "pää", 'head'. A picture of a human with a huge circle for a head, and a dot in the head.
-- The script will have these kinds of small details that should be consistent throughout: a small dot indicates "look here, this". The equivalent of an arrow, I'm thinking, would be two circles - one hollow, one filled - joined by a line, etc.

From these we get:

- §kyynär+§;pää, the Finnish word "kyynärpää", 'elbow'
- §olka+§;pää, a Finnish word referring specifically to the outer-most, bony part of the shoulder

§;pää should, in general, be a very prolific glyph: in Finnish, "pää" is also used where English uses "end of [an object]", like "the end of the rope" - "köyden pää".
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Zefyrinus Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oo, very Asian-looking!
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
AND WHICH ASIA WOULD THAT BE >:|
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Zefyrinus Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
India and China.
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
well maybe but not particularly much like either of them.

did you check out the other one with more glyphs

man i should really do work on this more

well, it's easter, and i'm not going to be able to work on my SUPER DUPER SECRET CARTOGRAPHICAL PROJECT
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Zefyrinus Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Um... Is that in your regular gallery (and not scraps)? I'll get there eventually.
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varpho Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
very interesting...
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Thanks! :)
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