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Durykhotańu • The Duryk Script
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[edit] [top]Introduction & History

The Duryk Script (dуrykhotańu Durykhotańu) is an alphabetic writing system primarily used in  Durykia to write  Duryk along with other languages in Durykia such as Yozhunu, Attusic, Nusic, and Ontushic.

The script was derived from the Qgam Traditional Script and was possibly used to either write Old Duryk or perhaps an older version of it. As the Qgam Script was adapted to the Old Duryk language, it remained angular with straight vertical and horizontal strokes; in fact, this method of writing Old Duryk is still prominent in Duryk calligraphy today and is evident in several old signs, stone carvings, and even modern artworks. However, as time progressed, the writing system became more round and circular due to the ease and speed of writing in such a way.

dуrykhotańu "Durykhotańu" displayed both in a calligraphic system and a modern written version

The Duryk script features the alteration of how vowels are written depending on what consonants are laid before it. This phenomena organizes consonants and vowels into two categories: down letters and up letters. Duryk also features silent letters which are extremely common in the language.

[edit] [top]Down & Up Consonants

Down and up consonants do not change—rather, these letters are the ones that alter the vowels when placed before them. There are seven up consonants and fourteen down consonants.

Here is a table of all the consonants with the up consonants typed in blue:

p
puu
/p/
f
fuu
/f/
b
buu
/b/
v
vuu
/v/
m
muu
/m/
t
tuu
/t/
ł
łuu
/ɬ/
d
duu
/d/
n
nuu
/n/
s
suu
/s/
z
zuu
/z/
k
kuu
/k/
g
guu
/g/
ń
ńuu
/ŋ/
q
quu
/q/
ś
śuu
/ʃ/
r
ruu
/r/
l
luu
/ɫ/
h
huu
/χ/
ź
źuu
/ʒ/
j
juu
/j/


[edit] [top]Down & Up Vowels

Again, certain vowels may change their glyph depending on whether an up consonant or a down consonant is before it. If there is no consonant before the vowel, it takes the down form. Only two vowels stay the same whether or not there is an up or down consonant before it: a "a" and y "y."

Here is a table of all the consonants with the down form shown in the left and the up form shown in the right:

a
asuu
/a/
e э
esuu
/ɛ/
ë ы
ësuu
/ə/
i и
isuu
/i/
o о
osuu
/ɔ/
ö ө
ösuu
/œ/
u у
usuu
/u/
ü ү
üsuu
/y/
y
ysuu
/ɪ/


[edit] [top]Examples

Here are some examples of up consonants and up vowels in action:
  • dуrykhotańu • Durykhotańu • /ˈdu.rɪ.kɔ.ta.ŋu/ • the Duryk writing system
  • lyjhń • lyjhń • /ɫɪŋ/ • in/on/at the tree
  • qэlmuź • qelmuź • /ˈqɪmuʒ/ • set, group, collection
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