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The Keltic alphabet was invented by David 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 Keltic. The main difference lies 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 Standard American and British Received pronunciation. The transliteration, here, attempts to replicate English speech rather than English spelling. The example text represents the pronunciation of Standard American.

Notable features

  • Type of script: alphabet
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
  • Used to write: English (Standard American or British RP)

The Keltic alphabet

Keltic 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 shown above). The vowel carrier changes, in the case of rhoticized Standard American diphthongs and triphthongs, to the regular symbol for "r.".

Sample text

Sample text in the Keltic alphabet(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Download a font for the Keltic alphabet (TrueType, 5K)

Keyboard strokes & IPA values for the Keltic font

Keltic also appears on Simon Ager's website, OMNIGLOT.COM, here: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/keltic.php