Shape-based transliteration between alphabets?
August 25, 2011 7:49 AM Subscribe
Is there a name for the practice of transliterating between alphabets, but doing substitutions based purely on shape
, not sound? e.g., Я becomes R, З becomes 3, И becomes N...
posted by soma lkzx to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I had a Russian friend who, when typing on a computer that would only support Latin character entry, would always chat with her friends using a shape-not-sound method. "Я забыл" would become something like "R 3a6bi/\" instead of anything phonemic.
It's kinda the same kind of thing with leet, h3ll0 n00bs and all that.
Does this kind of system have a name other than Oh Hey, Pretty Cool? Are there any other examples of this sort of mapping outside of Cyrillic and hip internet teens?
If the answer is just faux Cyrillic or "special magic transliteration" I am going to be so disappointed