Glaitha-B: U+E980 - U+E9DF

Proposal by Rebecca Bettencourt, 2005-07-11; revisions 2006-08-22, 2008-02-02, 2008-08-30.

The Glaitha-B Fairy Script was created by Rebecca Bettencourt as part of her fictional Mika culture and the fictional city of Mika City. Glaitha-B is used by fairies to write Mikiana. It can be seen on the grounds of the Mika City School for the Supernaturally Gifted, where fairies are known to live. "Glaitha" is the Mikiana word for "handwriting." Glaitha-B is used mainly to write Mikiana, but can be used to write any language with the same phonemes. 6 columns are used to encode Glaitha-B.

The Glaitha-B script is a syllabary written left-to-right, top-to-bottom. The base of a syllable is a straight vertical line with an ornament on top or bottom representing a vowel. Consonants are represented by strokes drawn on or through the straight part of the base. Multiple consonants can be attached to the base from top to bottom. Normally, consonants are initial; however, if a separator dot is drawn in the middle of the base, the consonants below the dot are final. A syllable with no initial consonants is drawn with nothing above the dot. A syllable with no final consonants is normally drawn with no dot; a dot with nothing below it is understood, but awkward. A syllable can be just a vowel, in which case nothing is drawn on the base.

Glaitha-B can also be written vertically, top-to-bottom and left-to-right, with horizontal bases with ornaments on left or right and consonants written left-to-right. This is equivalent to rotating the text 90 degrees clockwise and flipping it horizontally.

The number system is a combination base 5, base 20, and base 100. A single digit represents a number from 0-99. Digits are written left-to-right, least significant digit last. Digits are written similarly to syllables. The base of a digit is a double vertical line. Alone, this represents zero. From top to bottom are written symbols called number components for the number of twenties, up to four; the number of fives, up to three; and the number of units, up to four. The symbol for four fives is the same as the symbol for one twenty.

In Unicode-encoded text, the base is followed by any number (including zero) of initial consonants or number components, the separator dot (if needed), and any number (including zero) of final consonants. Number components and the number base may be mixed with vowels and consonants, but the symbols produced do not represent anything and the behavior of a number component after a separator dot is undefined. The behavior of an initial consonant after a separator dot and a final consonant before a separator dot is also undefined.

There are no special names for vowels or consonants, so the following system is used to comply with Unicode character naming standards: Vowels are named after the corresponding IPA symbols (/a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/) or English short vowels (/{/, /E/, /I/, /a/, /V/); ROUNDED A is the open-mid back rounded vowel (/O/); SEMI-RHOTIC U is the "oo" in "book" (/U/). Consonant names are mostly IPA, except Y, SH, ZH, DH, TH, KH, NG, KY, LY, MY, NY, and RH which are /j/, /S/, /Z/, /D/, /T/, /x/, /N/, /kj/, /lj/, /mj/, /nj/, and /r\_h/ respectively.

The Glaitha-B block is divided into the following ranges:

        U+E980 -> U+E983         4 Punctuation marks
        U+E984 -> U+E984         1 Glaitha-B number base
        U+E985 -> U+E98F        11 Glaitha-B number components
        U+E990 -> U+E99E        15 Glaitha-B syllable bases (vowels)
        U+E99F -> U+E99F         1 Glaitha-B final consonant separator dot
        U+E9A0 -> U+E9BF        32 Glaitha-B initial consonants
        U+E9C0 -> U+E9DF        32 Glaitha-B final consonants

U+E980  GLAITHA-B SPACE
U+E981  GLAITHA-B FULL STOP
U+E982  GLAITHA-B COMMA
U+E983  GLAITHA-B SEMICOLON
U+E984  GLAITHA-B NUMBER BASE
U+E985  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT ONE
U+E986  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT TWO
U+E987  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT THREE
U+E988  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT FOUR
U+E989  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT FIVE
U+E98A  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT TEN
U+E98B  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT FIFTEEN
U+E98C  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT TWENTY
U+E98D  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT FORTY
U+E98E  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT SIXTY
U+E98F  GLAITHA-B NUMBER COMPONENT EIGHTY
U+E990  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE SCHWA
U+E991  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE SHORT E
U+E992  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE SHORT I
U+E993  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE SHORT A
U+E994  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE E
U+E995  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE ROUNDED A
U+E996  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE EI
U+E997  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE U
U+E998  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE OI
U+E999  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE O
U+E99A  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE A OR SHORT O
U+E99B  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE AI
U+E99C  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE I
U+E99D  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE SEMI-RHOTIC U
U+E99E  GLAITHA-B SYLLABLE BASE SHORT U
U+E99F  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT SEPARATOR DOT
U+E9A0  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT P
U+E9A1  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT GLOTTAL STOP
U+E9A2  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT K
U+E9A3  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT V
U+E9A4  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT Z
U+E9A5  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT ZH
U+E9A6  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT DZH OR J
U+E9A7  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT T
U+E9A8  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT TH
U+E9A9  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT L
U+E9AA  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT LY
U+E9AB  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT R
U+E9AC  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT W
U+E9AD  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT Y
U+E9AE  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT NY
U+E9AF  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT D
U+E9B0  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT DH
U+E9B1  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT F
U+E9B2  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT N
U+E9B3  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT S
U+E9B4  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT SH
U+E9B5  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT M
U+E9B6  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT MY
U+E9B7  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT B
U+E9B8  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT H
U+E9B9  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT KH
U+E9BA  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT KY
U+E9BB  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT TSH OR CH
U+E9BC  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT G
U+E9BD  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT NG
U+E9BE  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT KW
U+E9BF  GLAITHA-B INITIAL CONSONANT RH
U+E9C0  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT P
U+E9C1  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT GLOTTAL STOP
U+E9C2  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT K
U+E9C3  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT V
U+E9C4  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT Z
U+E9C5  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT ZH
U+E9C6  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT DZH OR J
U+E9C7  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT T
U+E9C8  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT TH
U+E9C9  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT L
U+E9CA  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT LY
U+E9CB  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT R
U+E9CC  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT W
U+E9CD  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT Y
U+E9CE  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT NY
U+E9CF  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT D
U+E9D0  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT DH
U+E9D1  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT F
U+E9D2  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT N
U+E9D3  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT S
U+E9D4  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT SH
U+E9D5  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT M
U+E9D6  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT MY
U+E9D7  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT B
U+E9D8  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT H
U+E9D9  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT KH
U+E9DA  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT KY
U+E9DB  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT TSH OR CH
U+E9DC  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT G
U+E9DD  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT NG
U+E9DE  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT KW
U+E9DF  GLAITHA-B FINAL CONSONANT RH