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Quya - syllabary

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There are various ways in which languages can be written. Quya is written using a pictorial syllabic system of glyphs. When I was inventing this system I initially studied Egyptian hieroglyphs, but in the end was drawn to Mayan glyphs, because I found the way the Maya compressed their logograms into rectangular units not only aesthetically compelling, but it fitted my conception of Chosen iconography better than the Egyptian.

Like Mayan glyphs, Quyan glyphs are formed of components that essentially represent syllables which consist of a consonant followed by a vowel (CV) or single vowels (V). Single consonants can be produced by taking an appropriate CV and then adding a 'terminator' to 'clip off' the vowel. In addition entire words or portions of words can be represented by a single, logogram or glyph.

Now, syllables in Quya have the general form [C]V[C] - as is shown in the grammar - where the consonants in square brackets are optional. Thus to compose a glyphic syllable a maximum number of 2 glyphic components is necessary and often only one.

The chart opposite is the one that I used to compose the various glyphs that appear in the books. It is arranged so that a consonant shown down the left side can be indexed against a vowel along the top to yield a CV glyphic component. The first row holds the single vowel glyphic components.

You will note that many boxes in the chart are empty... this is because I have only listed those components necessary to compose the glyphs necessary for the books.

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