Man of Steel Kryptonian Writing System 2013
The writing system used for Man of Steel is not an alphabet. Rather, it's an abugida. Wikipedia has a great concise definition of an abugida: it's a "writing system in which consonant–vowel sequences are written as a unit: each unit is based on a consonant letter, and vowel notation is secondary. This contrasts with a full alphabet, in which vowels have status equal to consonants, and with an abjad, in which vowel marking is absent or optional."
So, consonant symbols form consonant-vowel syllables based on their orientation and certain markings. I have created a chart with all the possible combinations (153 to be exact). Right-click on the chart to save/download.
Additional Pronunciation Rules
Pronunciation is pretty straightforward according to the chart below except for the following deviations:
- [ ɑ∅ ] → [ ɔ∅ ]
- [ æ∅ ] → [ a∅ ]
- [ ɑɹ ] → [ oɹ ]
- [ æɹ ] → [ aɹ ]
...or to put it another way...
- When the vowel [ ɑ ] is at the end of a word, it changes to [ ɔ ].
- When the vowel [ æ ] is at the end of a word, it changes to [ a ].
- When the vowel [ ɑ ] appears before the consonant [ ɹ ], it changes to [ o ].
- When the vowel [ æ ] appears before the consonant [ ɹ ], it changes to [ a ].
Just a reminder for all you English-speakers out there that the pronunciation provided uses IPA. So, for example, j sounds like the y in "yes" not like the j in "just".