Shavian Alphabet ๐‘•

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Shavian alphabet is designed to be a simple phonetic alphabet for English.

It was created in 1960s after the death of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. The creation is due to Shaw's interest and will.

๐‘ ๐‘‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘“ ๐‘” ๐‘• ๐‘– ๐‘— ๐‘˜ ๐‘™
๐‘š ๐‘› ๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘ž ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘  ๐‘ก ๐‘ข ๐‘ฃ
๐‘ค ๐‘ฅ ๐‘ฆ ๐‘ง ๐‘จ ๐‘ฉ ๐‘ช ๐‘ซ ๐‘ฌ ๐‘ญ ๐‘ฎ ๐‘ฏ ๐‘ฐ ๐‘ฑ ๐‘ฒ ๐‘ณ ๐‘ด ๐‘ต ๐‘ถ ๐‘ท ๐‘ธ ๐‘น ๐‘บ ๐‘ป ๐‘ผ ๐‘ฝ ๐‘พ ๐‘ฟ

Shavian alphabet has 3 types of letters: tall, deep, short.

Tall and Deep Letters

letter๐‘๐‘š๐‘‘๐‘›๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘“๐‘๐‘”๐‘ž
reading/p//b//t//d//k//ษก//f//v//ฮธ//รฐ/
Name/examplepeepbibtotdeadkickgagfeevowthighthey
letter๐‘•๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘—๐‘ก๐‘˜๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘ฃ
reading/s//z//สƒ//ส’//tสƒ//dส’//j//w//ล‹//h/
Name/examplesozoosuremeasurechurchjudgeyeawoehungha-ha

Short Letters

letter๐‘ค๐‘ฎ๐‘ฅ๐‘ฏ๐‘ฆ๐‘ฐ๐‘ง๐‘ฑ๐‘จ๐‘ฒ
reading/l//ษน//m//n//ษช//iห//ษ›//eษช//รฆ//aษช/
Name/examplelollroarmimenunifeatetchageashride
letter๐‘ฉ๐‘ณ๐‘ช๐‘ด๐‘ซ๐‘ต๐‘ฌ๐‘ถ๐‘ญ๐‘ท
reading/ษ™//สŒ//ษ’//oสŠ//สŠ//uห//aสŠ//ษ”ษช//ษ‘ห//ษ”ห/
Name/exampleadouponoakwooloozeloudoilahawe

Ligatures

letter๐‘ธ๐‘น๐‘บ๐‘ป๐‘ผ๐‘ฝ๐‘พ๐‘ฟ
reading/ษ‘หษน//ษ”หษน~ษ”ษ™ษน//ษ›ษ™ษน//ษœหษน//ษš//ษชษ™ษน//i.ษ™//juห/
Name/exampleareorairfurarrayearianyew
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