Sêrela Script

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Sêrela Script is the a writing form developed during the Sêrela Renaissance to write the Classical Sêrela Language. It is the main writing system used for writing Classical Sêrela, most vernacular Sêrela dialects, and a few unrelated languages, such as Noçesh.

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Composition

  • The compositional unit of Sêrela writing is the syllable.
  • Sêrela writing is top to bottom, left to right. Syllables of a word are joined, with breaks indicating word breaks.
  • Every syllable has the stem of the initial syllable. Syllables with vowel initials take the blank stem.
  • Every syllable is marked for tone in Classical Sêrela, but vernacular writings mark tone only when it is important for poetics, and in educational texts. This is partially because tone is the most variable part of the language. The value and distribution of each tone, and in some cases, even the number of tones vary between the various Sêrela dialects.
  • Vowel is always marked, except for syllabic [n].
  • Final consonant of a syllable (the coda) is marked when present. The majority of syllables in Classical Sêrela do not have codas, but a significant minority do have them. Codas are never complex; only one consonant can appear in the coda.

Glyphs

Consonants

IPA Transliteration Normal Stem Form Word-Final Stem Coda Form
k K/k Image:Serela_K_Stem.png Image:Serela_K_FinalStem.png NA*
t T/t Image:Serela_T_Stem.png Image:Serela_T_FinalStem.png NA*
p P/p Image:Serela_P_Stem.png Image:Serela_P_FinalStem.png NA*
θ Th/th Image:Serela_Th_Stem.png Image:Serela_Th_FinalStem.png Image:Serela_Th_Coda.png
ç Ç/ç Image:Serela_Ç_Stem.png Image:Serela_Ç_FinalStem.png Image:Serela_Ç_Coda.png
θʷ Thw/thw Image:Serela_Thw_Stem.png Image:Serela_Thw_FinalStem.png File:Serela Thw Coda.png
s S/s Image:Serela_S_Stem.png Image:Serela_S_FinalStem.png File:Serela S Coda.png
ʃ Sh/sh Image:Serela_Sh_Stem.png Image:Serela_Sh_FinalStem.png File:Serela Sh Coda.png
ɬ Lh/lh Image:Serela_Lh_Stem.png Image:Serela_Lh_FinalStem.png File:Serela Lh Coda.png
ɬʲ Lj/lj Image:Serela_Lj_Stem.png Image:Serela_Lj_FinalStem.png File:Serela Lj Coda.png
ɬʷ Lhw/lhw Image:Serela_Lhw_Stem.png Image:Serela_Lhw_FinalStem.png File:Serela Lhw Coda.png
ɹ R/r Image:Serela_R_Stem.png Image:Serela_R_FinalStem.png File:Serela R Coda.png
j J/j Image:Serela_J_Stem.png Image:Serela_J_FinalStem.png File:Serela J Coda.png
w W/w Image:Serela_W_Stem.png Image:Serela_W_FinalStem.png File:Serela W Coda.png
l L/l Image:Serela_L_Stem.png Image:Serela_L_FinalStem.png File:Serela L Coda.png
ʎ Ll/ll Image:Serela_Ll_Stem.png Image:Serela_Ll_FinalStem.png File:Serela Ll Coda.png
Lw/lw Image:Serela_Lw_Stem.png Image:Serela_Lw_FinalStem.png File:Serela Lw Coda.png
n N/n Image:Serela_N_Stem.png Image:Serela_N_FinalStem.png File:Serela N Coda.png
** Image:Serela_0_Stem.png Image:Serela_0_FinalStem.png NA**
  • *The plosives do not have coda forms in the standard script. (Though coda forms do exist in some variants, such as the Noçesh variant of Sêrela Script.)
  • **The final consonant stem has no sound, it is a place holder used in syllables that begin with a vowel. This has no coda form; syllables with no coda simply do not include a coda glyph.

Vowels

IPA Transliteration Glyph
i I/i Image:Serela_i_Vowel.png
y Y/y Image:Serela_y_Vowel.png
u U/u Image:Serela_u_Vowel.png
e E/e Image:Serela_e_Vowel.png
o O/o Image:Serela_o_Vowel.png
ɛ Ê/ê Image:Serela_ê_Vowel.png
ɔ Ô/ô Image:Serela_ô_Vowel.png
a A/a Image:Serela_a_Vowel.png

Tone

Tone Transliteration†
(shown on a,ê)
Classical Value Glyph
1 a, ê 33

Mid-level

Image:Serela_1_Tone.png
2 ã,ễ 55

High-level

Image:Serela_2_Tone.png
3 à,ề 53

High-Falling

Image:Serela_3_Tone.png
4 á,ế 14

Low-Rising

Image:Serela_4_Tone.png
  • † Tone will be marked on transliterated words when the focus is on the word itself, but tone will not be marked when the word is used referentially. This both follows the vernacular usage and minimizes the use of exotic diacritics.

Examples

Transliteration:
Sakálw Érõsíãlề Ãilềlẽ
Érõsíôll Sakálwẽ Therãlề
Átelhĩnê Isllítềsẽ Érõsíãlề

Gloss:
Sakalw, Erosiôll-GEN, Ailel-GEN
Erosiôll, Sakalw-GEN, Theral-GEN
Atelhinê, Isllite-GEN, Erosiôll-GEN

Translation:
Sakalw, of Erosiôll, of Ailel
Erosiôll, of Sakalw, of Theral
Atelhinê, of Isllite, of Erosiôll

The Classical forms of the names of three Sêrela elves. It can be deduced from the names that these are a father, mother, and their married daughter (Sêrela Language#Naming).


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