I’ve been practicing my Erâtheet. It’s surprisingly difficult to learn to write foreign symbols; I imagine it’s something like learning Japanese or Cyrillic. Anyway, my own handwriting’s not that neat – I would love to see what someone with neat handwriting could make of it! Want to try it out? Email examples to firstname.lastname@example.org!
So now that I have a database of about 100 words in the Erâtheet language (I’m not starting on Cosari yet), I realized I had enough to start to work out common sounds and phonetics. This allows me to start to create an alphabet for this language, based on the sounds in each word. So far I’ve come to the conclusion that Erâtheet is comprised of 22 distinct sounds, being:
A B D E F G I K L M N O P R S T U V W Y TH SCH
The hard part was coming up with the shapes for each sound. I wanted to have a link to the latin alphabet, as Erâtheet is mainly corruptions of existing latin and germanic words, but I also wanted each letter to visually represent the sound in some way. So far I’ve come up with a few designs, but I haven’t been able to easily replicate them all digitally so far. Here’s a picture of them written out by hand:
And here’s the first few letters replicated digitally:
As you can see, the shapes are there, but they lack…finesse, I think. The A is showing an open sound; the B a closed sound. D is a variation of B, E represents the tightness of its sound, and F the complexity. The other letters go on from there. What do you think?
So here’s my big question: are there any calligraphers out there who fancy helping me create a language?
Now that we know that the late beloved and despised Iron Lady was a chemist in a past life, here are some more well-known people who did pointless things before discovering their life’s purpose.
Dr. Mayim Bialik
Now: Actress, Big Bang Theory
Dr. Brian May
Where: Imperial College, London
Now: Guitarist for Queen
Ivan Drago (actually Dolph Lundgren)
Where: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockhlom
Now: Not looking so good after having the shit beat out of him by Rocky IV.
Why: His parents were advised to abort in 1958 when she developed appendicitis whilst pregnant.
Now: Probably the second-most famous blind musician after Ray Charles.
Dr. Peter Roget
Now: Dead, but left us with a little thing called the Thesaurus.
Jozef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski
Where: Everywhere in the world, pretty much.
Now: Dead as Joseph Conrad, the guy who wrote Heart of Darkness, upon which Apocalypse Now is based.
Dr. Kermit the Frog
Where: Southampton College, New York
Now: Cashing in unemployment cheques after a series of disastrously dull movies.