Liyahu - A Constructed Language

Liyahu written in Liyahu

Background

Liyahu is a constructed language created by Xay Voong during the development of a role-playing video game. The core concepts are based on the trinity entities mind, body, and soul. The philosophy is rational, structural, straightforward, compact and concise.

The following describes the official writing system of Liyahu. Furthermore, there are several alternative scripts for different purposes and usages. e.g. writing by hand, digital medium, rope-like, flags, etc.

Notable features:

Character Composition

Letters and numbers are made of up three symbols--called vi--positioned around the skeleton, or skel--called nga. (Note the symbols may be color coded, but not necessary.)

Liyahu composition

Alphabet

Letters--called la--are written with mingavi (up skel) arranged either horizontally or vertically.

Vowels

Note: Some Latin consonants are used as vowels when romanizing Liyahu. These are q, j, c, and x. In other words, when you see these letters, treat them as vowels. So in addition to the original a, e, i, o, and u, there are nine vowels.

Liyahu vowels

Consonants

Liyahu consonants

Three-symbols

Khuvi (or three-symbols) represent common, useful, culture-independent words.

Liyahu khuvi--three-symbols

Numerals

Numbers are written with vangavi (down skel). The empty vangavi is also used to represent zero.

Liyahu numbers

Punctuation

Punctuation marks are written with parts of the ngavi called kc (sounds like cat without t) in any of the eight directions that it is turned. Up is mi, down is va, left is fq, right is pa.

Liyahu punctuation

Example Texts

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 1): All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (English transliteration)

Liyahu longtext example 1

Examples of numbers

Liyahu longtext example 2

Additional information and the development of Liyahu can be found HERE.