If you followed an outside link directly to this page, start here for an overview.
Take a look at the vowels, pulled out of the rest of the alphabet and lined up side by side:
(TRIVIA: Why isn't there a tightly-spaced horizontal-line vowel? Because in some other languages, ClaWrite distinguishes between hard and soft "I"s, and doing it this way meant the vowel progression could stay the same. Now you know.)
Also, don't confuse the "v" character for a "u". Remember, vowels' lines go in a single direction!
In informal use, the "corner" grids can be reduced to a single, curved slash in the appropriate corner. In formal use, the whole character is used. I've reprinted both characters below.
|"Full stop." Reading left to right, the horizontal lines lead you into a wall.||"Pause." Reading left to right, you hit a wall, but the horizontal lines lead you forward.||This is the one that looks like a question mark.|| The corner is on top, but it doesn't look like a question mark.
The ellipsis ("...") deserves special mention, as it's one of only two common uses of diagonal slashes in ClaWrite: rather
than abbreviating three consecutive periods as "
,,," -- which would require individual attention to each of the curved
strokes -- many folks prefer to use "
///", which can be drawn with a single slash of the claws.
On the other hand, some people prefer to use diagonal strokes for numeric digits, and the
/// ellipsis conflicts with
that. So it's your choice whether to do this or not.
|’||“ ”||( )||;||:|
First: is the symbol for th. In other languages, this is used to draw a distinction between hard-stop (t') and soft (th) pronunciations. But in English, you can simply use it to save yourself a few characters for a common letter pair.
Second: You may notice that we haven't yet seen the character where every position in the grid is filled --
There's no single character that uses all of the slashes. This makes it available for such uses as section breaks, if you need to switch thoughts mid-line, or to set off important material.
Alternatively -- and informally -- ClaWrite users can use this as a one-character curse word. Consider it the claw-slash equivalent of mashing both hands down on the keyboard to produce a gibberish expletive like "DSVOPIH!"
And on that dignified note, let's put to use the skills we've just learned. Why not go decipher a classic poem rewritten in ClaWrite?
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