Enganagri alphabet was invented by Dr. David B. Kelley as an alternative alphabet for English. It was modeled on the Devanagari alphabet with influence from the Korean alphabet. There are a number of different ways of writing English with Enganagri. The main
difference between them is in the representation of vowels and diphthongs. The version below is the comprehensive form, which
was developed to represent all the sounds of the English language, including both General American and British Received Pronunciation
(RP). The vowels, here, attempt to replicate English speech rather than English spelling. The sample text represents the pronunciation
of General American.
of script: alphabet
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
- Used to write: English (General American or British RP)
The Enganagri alphabet
- The vowel diacritics are written over the consonant which follows them. If vowels appear
at the end of a word, the diacritics are written over the vowel carrier (as above). The vowel carrier changes in the case
of non-rhoticized British RP vowels, to a larger version of the symbol for "schwa." The larger version can also be used in
the case of words ending in simple "schwa."
- Consonantal "r" has two forms: a full-sized form that is used to represent a single
sound, and a smaller version that is attached to the base of other consonants when there is a consonant cluster. This is also
attached to the vowel carrier in General American, to show the presence of that sound (in contrast to its absence in British
- Consonantal "l" has two forms: a full-sized form that is used to represent a single
sound, and a smaller version that is attached to the base of other consonants when there is a consonant cluster.
"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."
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights)
International Phonetic Alphabet and Enganagri Equivalents (English)
Download a font for the Enganagri alphabet (TrueType, 5K)
Enganagri also appears on Simon Ager's website, OMNIGLOT.COM, here: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/enganagri.php