Glissia Phonology and Alphabet How to pronounce and read the language of the Lyrisclensiae
Glissia is the language of the Lyrisclensians, passed down over aeons by them from its parent tongues, old Kuanid, Latin, and Greek. Grammatically, it is an exceptionally static language, and has been mutually intelligible in audio recordings almost since the founding of the Trestunarion almost 180 thousand years ago. However, since almost all written Glissia is recorded by computers of one form or another, the writing system used to represent it has, counter-intuitively, evolved somewhat more rapidly, as old documents can be converted trivially into the new encoding.

This document relates the writing system used for Glissia by the Lyrisclensians when they arrived on Thessia Major, 23.5 millennia ago. Glissia is frequently also written without the unifying stem line (vowels are written floating without it), especially in newer texts that post-date the Shattering. This writing system has become broadly known as Lyrisclensian Cursive when used to write modern Lilitic.

The system is generally written in descending rows from left to right, with stems unifying the letters of a given word.

The Lyrisclensian Alphabet




The above chart is fully IPA, except χ = x.

Ductus


The stem line is generally drawn first, vowels included. Beginning writers (typically foreigners, since the Lyrisclensiae themselves rarely have truly fresh minds) are encouraged to write the stem and vowels in last, however, to make its shape and length easier to direct.

Punctuation


Glissia's wide array of sentence terminators, welds, and markers descends from its lengthy history as a language of philosophical and scientific discourse. Its usage base is such that the benefit of clear annotation for all of these many different purposes outweighs the difficulty entailed by using them. (And, in fact, there are many sentence terminators and alternative subclause markers not listed here.)

The most peculiar feature of Glissia's punctuation system is the usage of subclause wrappers. These are placed around independent clauses in extremely complex sentences to offset them from the rest of the statement. A typical usage pattern would be to alternate the first and second wrappers, invoking the major wrapper for the first-level subclause. Paragraphs and logical arguments are often exceptionally long in Glissia, as the Lyrisclensiae strongly pride themselves on unambiguously indicating the relatedness of ideas. The clause separator is equivalent to the comma and descends from the em-dash.

Sentence welds are used to link various independent clauses: causally linked welds convey that one thing necessarily follows from the other; descriptively related welds convey that the two clauses are not completely independent thoughts, but are grammatically distinct; counter-argument welds are used in place of bulky verbiage, and imply that the first clause is untrue; generic welds are simply softer than a normal sentence ending (i.e., a full-stop/period) and are frequently used when a statement is incomplete. Causal linkers are often translated as ":", and descriptive and generic linkers are translated as ";".

The compound term marker (equivalent to the hyphen in "bar-grill") is generally used to indicate that a noun or adjective is the union of two or more things and is not used in all cases where an English user might put a hyphen. It is, however, used to indicate a word is unfinished at the end of a line.