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Lhoryanne's Cypher

The following is a submission from a woman I met at my Berkeley tabling sessions during December 2013, written up for Facebook:

As a part of my auxlang/art practice, I set up tables in some interesting places, including Berkeley. There is an active and well treated homeless population in Downtown Berkeley, since many people were kicked out of San Francisco. One person who came to my table was a woman wearing about 4 layers of coats who had a ginger cat she called Zeus on a leash. I told her about my project, but instead of voting on glyphs she wanted to draw her own.

What she gave me was a cypher of the English Alphabet. I know it isn't a Conlang, but she spent about 10 minutes on it and I promised her I would share it with all the "language inventors" I knew. So please enjoy. I have redrawn it in my hand - her name seems to be Lhory Anne.


Needless to say, the responses were interesting.

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The question I propose in response is this: how much does class play in this exercise of language creation? What do you think of Darius' initial reaction and follow-up?