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Septaglyphs: a guide
« on: February 22, 2009, 04:20:59 PM »

Septaglyphs: A guide
I brought this post over from the old forum to help anyone with learning the rules of septaglyphs.
You can't just draw any old line from one syllable to the next. The rules below will show you how they're done.


Imagine a 7-sided figure with a centre point, and with d, r, m, etc going clockwise around the outside points:

This is the basis for Sarus septaglyphs.
It's merely a guide shape for beginners. We'll be using it as a background for glyphs here but before the end of this lesson we'll lose it.

Rule 1: Every septaglyph is started from the centre.
There is only ever ONE straight line in ANY septaglyph. That's the first syllable.
This straight line shows us at a glance what the first syllable is.

One Syllable Words

Rule 2: Single syllable words are capped
like the 'd' above and the 'l' below, a capped line indicates a 1syllable word.

A cap on a single syllable is like a dot on the letter i.. it's not entirely necessary but makes it easier to see for beginners to see where the line started and ended.

Two syllable words

You already know that the first syllable is drawn from the centre to the first syllable.
Instead of a cap though, continue the stroke to the next syllable.

There are strict rules for how these lines are drawn. Why?
Without the background, accurate curves are the only hope we have of interpreting a glyph.

Rule 3: Neighbouring syllable, curve outwards.
Going from one syllable to a neighbouring syllable (such as 'dr', 'tl', 'sf', etc) the line always curves outwards, as above.

Rule 4: When skipping one syllable, always curve the line inwards.
As shown above, the glyph goes from 'd' to 'm'.. we've skipped one ('r') so the line curves in.

Rule 5: When skipping two letters, the line should have a slender s-shape
Going from 'd' to 'f' (skips past 'r' and 'm') he s-shape must first curves away from the centre point of the glyph. Therefore, 'df' will be a mirror image of 'ds'.

So here are some further examples of two syllable words:


Double Syllables

Rule 6: Double syllables are indicated with a little circle
There's no need to make the circle perfect.. as long as there's a visible loop.

The circle is on 'm', therefore it's double 'm' followed by 's'.
Once again, note how the line from 'm' to 's' is curved inwards.

The first syllable above is 't' followed by a double 'm'.

Double 'l' followed by 'r'.


Three Syllable Words

Rule 7: Going back to a syllable is indicated by a little line along that of the second syllable.
For example, in 'lrl', the first line goes from the centre to 'l', then the s-shape line to 'r'. To indicate going back to 'l', draw a smaller line along the 'r' line, as below:

Here are some other examples of this:

With 3-syllable words of other configurations, it's just a matter of drawing lines from the first syllable then to the others. The only thing you really need to be careful of is the curves. From now on, we'll see the 3-syllable words without the help of the coloured syllables around the outside:

lrt - between

lsl - swim.

trd - kill, destroy.

mrm - gender.

lsr - sister.

Finally, now that you know how they work, look at the following words. Reading them should be very easy now, but translating them will come only with practise ;)








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