PinLa Alphabet 拼拉字母

June 4, 2011 § Leave a comment


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.



= A + 可.

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

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The First Series of Icecubic Vowels – Five Base Vowel Letters

April 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

The First Series of Icecubic Vowels

Five Base Vowel Letters

Hey, mis amigos! Sorry for letting you waiting for so long. And I’m honored to announce the naissance of the first five base vowels, which are a-base, i-base, u-base, o-base, and e-base.

First, let’s take a look at how we defined the base vowels. Here goes the IPA chart for vowels.

IPA Chart Vowels

As shown in the chart.

i y ɨ ɪ ʏ belong to i-base;

u ɯ ʉ ʊ belong to u-base;

e ø ɘ ɛ œ ɜ ə belong to e-base;

o ɤ ɵ ɔ ʌ ɞ belong to o-base;

a ɶ æ ɒ ɑ ɐ belong to a-base.

Now I’m going to introduce the scripts of each of these five base vowels.


Default pronunciation[1]: /a/

Marine biological letter name[2]: Nautilae

English letter name: Nautilus

Icecubic letter: TBD

Evolvable pronunciations: /ɶ æ ɒ ɑ ɐ/

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Bodgul (藏谚文/བོད་གུལ་)

February 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bodgul (藏谚文/བོད་གུལ་)

Bodgul (Chinese: 藏谚文) was devised by Jasper Cai from iceCube Creative Studio as an alternative script for Mandarin Chinese, and can be developed to transcribe some other dialects of Chinese, for example, Wu, Min Nan and Cantonese, and also the languages using latin alphabets. It uses Tibetan alphabets as parts of the characters and combines them into syllabic signs.

The name of ‘Bodgul’ is combines of Bod and the the suffix -gul. Bod is the phonetical latin transcription of Tibet (Tibetan: བོད་; Chinese: 吐蕃/西藏). Gul derives from the Korean Hangul (Korean: 한글; Chinese: 諺文), which is also a phonetical system to transcribe speaking Korean by using special symbols derived from parts of Chinese characters. Gul (글) individually means script in Korean.

So the idea of Bodgul is to use Tibetan letters as special symbols, as those in Hangul, to transcribe Chinese words so that one can read by simply looking at the characters. It can be used to write the word in Chinese which one can not find a corresponding character. This happens more in dialects like Wu and Min Nan.

Notable features of Bodgul

  • Type of writing system: Alphabet
  • Direction of writing: From left to right in horizontal lines.
  • Words, not syllables unlike Tibetan, can be separated by a dot, but not necessarily.

The Tibetan alphabet



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Welcome to iceCube!

February 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

Welcome to iceCube!

iceCube Creative Studio is a web-based studio focused on icon/symbol design and constructed language. We discuss and design icons, symbols, patterns, logos and language scripts. We construct artificial languages for both artistic and linguistic or even commercial purposes. We would love to install our ideas into various creative industries e.g. artifacts, user interfaces, and hopefully into movies. We welcome new ideas!

Bienvenue à iceCube!

iceCube Creative Studio est un studio basé sur le Web, qui se concentre sur le design d’icône/symbole et la langue construite. Nous discutons et concevons des icônes, symboles, modèles, logos et écritures de langue. Nous construisons les langues artificielles pour l’intention artistique, linguistique ou même commerciale. Il nous plaise d’installer nos idées dans les industries diverses de la création, par exemple, les artefacts, interfaces, et nous espérons que dans les films. Nous adorons de nouvelles idées!

Willkommen bei iceCube!

iceCube Creative Studio ist ein web-basiertes Studio, des auf das Icon-/Symboldesign und konstruierte Sprache konzentriert. Wir diskutieren und entwerfen Ikone, Symbole, Muster, Logos und Sprache Skripte. Wir konstruieren künstliche Sprachen für künstlerische und sprachliche sowohl auch kommerzielle Zwecke. Wir würden uns freuen, unsere Ideen in verschiedenen Kulturwirtschaften z.B. Artefakte, Benutzerschnittstellen, und hoffentlich auch in Filmen einzubauen. Es freut uns über neue Ideen!






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