Keyscript Shorthand


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1. The Consonants

101. The consonants in Keyscript are all written phonetically (ie, by sound). Consonants are the same as in English, except that:

c   is not used for any 's' or 'k' sounds. It is used for 'ch', e.g.

cheap = cp

g   is used only for hard 'g', as in 'gate'

h   is used for 'th' (as well as for 'h'), e.g. thin = hn; though = h

h   is omitted before 'm', 'l' or 'r' in words of one syllable, e.g.

home = m; whole = l; here = r

j   is written for soft 'g', e.g. gin = jn

    also for 'French j - zh', e.g. menage = mnj

j   is used for 'sh', e.g. shock = jk

j   is written instead of 's'

     when a word begins with 'vowel + s', e.g.  escape = jkp

     when a word ends with the sound of 's + vowel', e.g. 

regency = rjnj;     rosy = rj

     and when a word consists only of 's + vowel', e.g. 

so, sew, saw, sigh = j 

most derivatives of the word, (but not the present participle ending in 'ing' - see stage 6) use 's', e.g. 

sewed, sighed = sd;     sewn = sn


k   is written for all sounds of 'k', however they are spelled in

         English,   e.g.      call = kl;     back = bk


q   'kw' is not dealt with at this stage


r   is always shown in a word, although it may hardly be

    pronounced by some accents, e.g.   mark = mrk


s   is used for both the light and heavy sounds of 's', e.g. 

receives = rsvs;     seize, cease = ss 

          see z for an exception to this rule.

w   (consonant) is written as in English.  However, when combined with a vowel like 'o' in the middle of a word, it becomes part of the vowel, and so is not shown in Keyscript, e.g.       

      well = wl;  but  down = dn;     tower = tr


x   is not written for the English sound of 'x'.  'ks' or 'gs' is

     used instead,

          e.g.  exit = kst;     excuse = ksks;     exam = gsm.

(If the 's' has a heavy 'z' sound and is followed immediately by a vowel in the accented syllable of the word, 'ex' is written as 'gs'.)

['x' is put to much greater use in Keyscript]


y  is used for the sound of 'y' consonant (which occurs usually at the beginning of       

    a word), e.g.  use, yes = ys;   unity = ynt

('y' at the end of a word is a vowel, not a consonant, e.g.  happy = hp)


z   is used for the heavy sound of 's' at the beginning of a word,  

         e.g.                   zoo = z;     xylophone = zlfn

Copyright Janet Cheeseman 2008

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