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IntroductionEdit

The Tettof script is the writing system developed by the Tairese for use in writing their language. It is commonly written on paper, but was originally intended for use on clay and stone tablets. It is a fairly simple alphabet/syllabary read from top to bottom and left to right.

Each word occupies its own line, so words are written in a descending vertical format, though the words themselves are written horizontally.

DevelopmentEdit

Tettof is originated as a pictographic system but over several thousand years and exposure to many different cultures, it slowly evolved into something more akin to an alphabet. However, Tettof has proved difficult for speakers of some other languages to adapt, as it was designed to work with the Tairese language, a primary monosyllabic language where most words consist of only three sounds, a consonant, a vowel, and another consonant.

ExampleEdit

Tettof

is

generally

formatted

like

this

text.

KeyEdit

Tettof

Note: Symbols alternate between being above their assigned letter and below it to save space and make it less crowded. A plain vowel represents the short version of that vowel, one with an umlaut is the long version.

In UseEdit

Danyplaque

An example of Tettof actually in use.

This example inscription reads:

DAINKUTBUT

TUZH

VOH

SHAP

PEIK

or alternatively

DÄNKUTBÜT

TÜŽ

VÖH

ŠAP

PÄK

Which translates to "Dainkutbut is the greatest of queens."

Dainkutbut is a name, made up of the parts dain ("god" or "a god"), kut ("judge", "a judge", or "magistrate"), and but ("is my", "it is mine", or "belongs to me"), roughly translating to "God is my judge". Tuzh is the present tense verb "to be", voh is a definite article, shap means "queen" or "royal woman", and peik means "best", "greatest", or "most excellent of all".