Old Tekaunye syllabary
|Old Tekaunye syllabary|
The Old Tekaunye syllabary is the first writing system specifically adapted to the Mañi language.
There are three types of glyphs in this syllabary: CV combinations, standalone consonants, and standalone vowels. Some consonants (p, t, ch, k, m, n, ñ, ŋ) are written only with CV combinations. If one of these consonants appears in a coda, it is written with either the Ca glyph or the glyph using the vowel from the previous syllable. The glides w, y are written as vowels u, i.
The phonetic value of the glyphs in this syllabary are not derived directly from the phonetic vowels of palm-leaf Terminian, nor are the glyphs. It is most likely that the Old Tekaunye syllabary was invented by a scribe, or multiple scribes, who was familiar with the appearance of palm-leaf Terminian script, but not literate in it, and possibly not literate in any alphabetic script.