How To Read Likanu

Likanu is an abugida, meaning that each consonant character always expresses a vowel, and that vowel can be modified with diacritics. The base characters all have an inherent /a/ vowel.

ɞ /ma/ ɕ /wa/ ɂ /ja/


To express other vowels, a diacritic is placed to the side of the character.

ɞı /mi/ ɞȷ /me/ ɞſ /mu/ ɞʃ /mo/


An accent means that syllable ends in a nasal, often referred to as coda -n. The accent goes directly over the consonant character.

ɞ̄ /man/ ʌ̄ȷ /ten/ ɞ̄ſ /mun/


Although the vowel diacritic is placed adjacent to the consonant character, almost like an alphabetical letter, this is not an alphabet like you may be used to. A vowel diacritic cannot be used on its own, it can only be used to modify the vowel of a consonant character. For words that begin with a vowel sound, the null consonant character ⟨o⟩ must be used and then a vowel diacritic can modify it.

oʌʃ /ato/ oıɕȷ /iwe/
It can be helpful for people accustomed to alphabets to consciously try to read each grouping of a consonant character with a vowel diacritic as a single symbol, as one would a letter with a top diacritic.





ʋıx ‹xʃxƨſ›–