Khokarsan Syllabary and Glyphs

The Khokarsan language in its written form employs a syllabic script, in which the glyphs (or signs) represent syllables, instead of vowels and consonants as in the written form of the English language.

While there are 117 base glyphs in the written Khokarsan syllabary, standard city-Khokarsan has a total of 120 base spoken syllables. These counts exclude the seven regional click-consonant doublets employed primarily in the northwestern section of the city of Khokarsa (d"e, k"u, c"a, c"o, g"u, m"a, and q"o), the nonstandard kohr, and the meaningless loan-syllable -par. The glyph for the vocalic syllable a is shared with the glyph for wa; the glyph for the vocalic syllable o is shared with the glyph for wo; and the glyph for the vocalic syllable u is shared with the glyph for wu. Thus, the 126 glyphs illustrated in the Khokarsan Syllabary and Glyphs charts on this webpage minus 7 glyphs for regional doublets minus 1 glyph for kohr minus 1 glyph for -par equals 117 base glyphs. The total number of base spoken syllables in standard city-Khokarsan is arrived at as follows: 3 vocalic syllables plus 52 syllables of V + C construction plus 14 syllables of CC + V construction plus 45 syllables of C + V + C construction plus 6 syllables of CC + V + C construction equals 120 base spoken syllables.

A detailed description of the Khokarsan language may be found in the limited edition of Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa.

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Text Copyright © 2012 by Christopher Paul Carey. All rights reserved.