PinLa Alphabet 拼拉字母

June 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

拼拉字母

PinLa alphabet (Chinese: 拼拉字母) is the common name for Sinolatinographic ligature alphabet, in which Pin derives from Pin in Pinyin (拼音, the Chinese phonetic system) and La stands for Latin (拉丁) alphabet.

The idea comes from typographic ligature. I don’t want to make formal explanation of typographic ligature here, in which case you can get the answer from Wikipedia. I’ll just give you some examples.

in French: o + e = œ. Œuvre.

in Scandinavian languages: a + e = æ. Æsir.

in German: f + s = ß. Fußball.

in Dutch: i + j = ij (it’s one letter); IJsselmeer.

and in Chinese, they have: 草 + 泥 + 马 =

Then I started to think, if Latin letters can be composed with another letter to become a new one, and Chinese characters can be decomposed and recomposed into a hybrid, why can’t we make a combination of Chinese character + Latin letter. Then consider 艹 + C = ?

So…. here’s the outcome.

print:

Handwriting:

= A + 可.

可 appears in many words whose pronunciation is /a/ 阿 阿 呵 锕


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Handwriting:

= B + 不.

不 bu.

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Handwriting:

= C + 艹.

艹 appears in many words whose initial is /ts/ 草 菜 蔡 葱 蔟

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Handwriting:

= D + 大.

大 da. The whole word also resembles 呆 dai.

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Handwriting:

= E + 厂.

Resembles 厄 e.

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Handwriting:

= F + 飞.

飞 fei.

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Handwriting:

= G + 工.

工 gong.

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= H + 禾.

禾 he. And the whole letter resembles 和.

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Handwriting:

Resembles 衤 yi.

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= J + 几.

几 ji.

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Handwriting:

= K + 口.

口 kou.

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= L + 了.

了 le/liao. The whole word also resembles 辽 liao.

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Handwriting:

Resembles 门(traditional 門) men.

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= N + 阝.

Resembles 那 na.

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= O + 乂.

Resembles 区 ou. Simple words 欧 呕 鸥 沤 怄 殴 瓯 讴.

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Resembles 皮 pi.

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= Q + 土.

Resembles 去 qu.

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= R + 日.

日 ri.

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= S + 灬.

灬 is the morph of 水 shui.

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Handwriting:

= T + 扌.

Resembles 提 ti.

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= U + 文.

文 wen/uen.

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= V + 林.

Resembles 梵 fan. There’s no v in Chinese Pinyin, but the word 梵 has the initial pronunciation v in many Chinese dialects.

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= W + 卜.

Resembles 卧 wo.

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= X + 竹.

Resembles 笑 xiao.

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= Y + 月.

月 yue. The whole word also resembles 有 you.

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Handwriting:

= Z + 丶.

Resembles 之 zhi.

Let’s see some sample text.

It reads: once upon a time, in a remote country, live a prince and a princess.

Have difficulty in reading it? You’ll get used to it.

And another use of this script is for the people who are not familiar with Chinese Pinyin to get to know the Pinyin more easily. Because it let you think of the pronunciation of Chinese characters.

Let’s do some tests.

= 大-文-阿-那.

= 卧-文.

= 几-衣-厄.

= 口-文-阿-衣.

= 了-厄.

You cannot spell with the Chinese characters but it can definitely help memorize the Pinyin.

You can download the font here.

In order to download, you need to sign up. It’s just a couple minutes.

When you’ve downloaded it.

Unzip the .zip and…

For Windows users, put the pinla.ttf under Control Panel/Fonts/

For Mac OS X users, put the pinla.ttf under Hard Disk/System/Library/Fonts/

It should work. ONLY CAPITALS! Hope you like it! You can play with it.

Next project to go, PinCy alphabet, the Sinocyrilographic ligature.

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