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:
ää, the Finnish word "kyynärpää", 'elbow'
ää, a Finnish word referring specifically to the outer-most, bony part of the shoulder
ää 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".