Oryziform

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Oryziform is a working title for the logographic script used in inscriptions and on clay tablets to write Ngauro, and later, Ndak Ta. The name means rice-shaped in Latin and refers to the stylus marks of which characters were composed, as they were shaped much like rice grains. It will serve until an in-world name that isn't unspeakably ugly can be determined.

Proto-Oryziform

The earliest form of writing to develop in the Aiwa valley was neither a complete writing system nor did it take the characteristic rice-shaped forms of Oryziform. Rather, it was an ideography - a script in which characters directly represented ideas, rather than words. As such, it cannot be considered a complete writing system capable of fully representing a language. It was also typically scratched into clay with a knife (and perhaps into bark as well), rather than pressed in with a stylus. The full logography of Oryziform took several centuries to develop from this early script.


glyph catalog

proto-Oryziform table 1
proto-Oryziform table 2
proto-Oryziform table 3
0. plant
  1. hand
  2. tongue; taste
  3. goat
  4. leg
  5. star
  6. child
  7. road
  8. dog
  9. woman, female (semantically = 21)
  10. breast
  11. forest
  12. egg
  13. skin
  14. bird
  15. to hit
  16. man, male, person
  17. arm
  18. to joke, to laugh
  19. grass (cf. 54)
  20. ear; hear
  21. woman, female (semantically = 9)
  22. air, wind
  23. snow
  24. to need
  25. to spit
  26. sculpture
  27. animal
  28. ashes, firepit
  29. back
  30. bark, brown
  31. barley
  32. belly
  33. blood
  34. bone, long
  35. brother
  36. city
  37. cloud
  38. country
  39. cow, bull, ox
  40. day
  41. soil
  42. edge, border
  43. eye
  44. father
  45. feather
  46. finger
  47. fingernail
  48. fire, to burn, hot
  49. fish
  50. flea
  51. flower
  52. foot
  53. fruit
  54. grass, grain (cf. 19)
  55. god, sun
  56. goddess
  57. guts
  58. hair
  59. head
  60. herb
  61. horn
  62. island
  63. knee
  64. king
  65. knife, sharp
  66. lake
  67. leaf
  68. left; point (at), indicate
  69. liver
  70. meat
  71. mercy, submission
  72. moon
  73. mother
  74. mother goddess
  75. mountain; north; the northern mountains
  76. mouse
  77. mouth
  78. mud, dirty
  79. music, play music
  80. (to) name, symbol
  81. neck
  82. night
  83. nobleman
  84. nose; smell
  85. peasant, (to) farm
  86. priest
  87. rabbit
  88. rain
  89. right; (sometimes) point (as in 68)
  90. river
  91. root
  92. rope
  93. salt
  94. sea
  95. seed
  96. sheep
  97. shield
  98. sister
  99. sky
  100. smoke
  101. snake
  102. spear
  103. stick
  104. stone
  105. strength
  106. swamp, delta; Kasadgad
  107. tail
  108. teacher, scribe
  109. throne
  110. toe
  111. tooth
  112. tree
  113. water, wet
  114. word
  115. speed
  116. light
  117. cloth
  118. not
  119. Ngauro; people
  120. angry, upset
  121. awake
  122. bad
  123. beautiful
  124. big, powerful
  125. black
  126. blue
  127. brave
  128. chief, first, most
  129. clean; wash
  130. cold
  131. correct, straight
  132. crooked, broken, wrong
  133. civilized, cultured
  134. dirty
  135. dry
  136. morning; early
  137. happy, good, easy, lucky; to like (cf. 217)
  138. empty
  139. far away
  140. foreign, separated
  141. green
  142. full
  143. guilty; sacrifice; to convict, to sacrifice
  144. hard, stony
  145. heavy
  146. high; above
  147. holy
  148. hostile
  149. last, unimportant
  150. low, below
  151. mystical, spiritual
  152. narrow, thin
  153. close, near
  154. baby, new (sometimes not distinct from ng_007, "child")
  155. old
  156. regular, ordered
  157. ready
  158. red; colorful
  159. rotten
  160. rough, textured; feel (by touch)
  161. wheel; round
  162. small, short
  163. sick
  164. smooth, soft
  165. thick, wide
  166. ugly
  167. unusual; irregular; surprising
  168. white
  169. cart; to carry
  170. insect
  171. fight, war (cf. 234)
  172. dish
  173. meal
  174. honey
  175. chair
  176. metal
  177. poem, poetry
  178. table
  179. heart
  180. bread
  181. infidel
  182. dream, idea; think
  183. storm
  184. hammer
  185. wealthy
  186. same
  187. violent; to attack
  188. gentle
  189. east; the eastern sea
  190. barbarian, uncivilized; Ndak
  191. west; uncivilized upriver lands
  192. south; the southern forests
  193. sweet
  194. bitter
  195. law, legal
  196. taboo, crime; illegal; commit a crime
  197. waterclock; time
  198. plow
  199. wool
  200. milk
  201. 1
  202. 2
  203. 3
  204. 4
  205. 5
  206. 6
  207. 7
  208. 8
  209. 9
  210. 10
  211. 100
  212. ask
  213. bite, chew
  214. wind; blow
  215. break
  216. breathe, live
  217. celebrate; joyful (cf. 137)
  218. come
  219. tame; control
  220. corrupt, (be a) bad influence
  221. count
  222. a tear; cry
  223. cut, stab, score, use a knife on
  224. deceive, lie, misdirect
  225. defeat
  226. destroy, smash to bits
  227. die
  228. dig
  229. eat
  230. drink
  231. give way, fail
  232. fall
  233. fear
  234. fight, brawl, melee (cf. 171)
  235. float
  236. (to) flood
  237. channel, irrigation ditch; flow
  238. fly
  239. remember
  240. forget
  241. ice; freeze
  242. give
  243. grow
  244. go, leave
  245. hold, have
  246. honor, respect
  247. hurry, move quickly
  248. hunt
  249. (to) insult
  250. travel, journey
  251. keep
  252. kill
  253. know
  254. straw
  255. bed; lie (down), rest
  256. lift
  257. love
  258. make
  259. a kind of shell used like dice; game, play a game
  260. swear an oath, promise
  261. punish
  262. pull
  263. push
  264. read
  265. repair
  266. rise
  267. rub, wipe
  268. walk
  269. run
  270. say
  271. claw; scratch
  272. see
  273. send
  274. sewing needle
  275. sew
  276. shine
  277. sing
  278. sit
  279. sleep
  280. split
  281. juice; squeeze
  282. stand
  283. steal
  284. stop (moving)
  285. suck, suckle
  286. swell
  287. swim
  288. take, get
  289. throw
  290. tie
  291. touch (by hand)
  292. turn
  293. visit
  294. vomit
  295. worship
  296. wheat