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:

...or to put it another way...

Note About Pronunciation

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".

Man of Steel Kryptonian Writing Chart

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