The Unspell symbol set uses 13 basic shapes. The rest are derived from them by adding a bar, a stroke, a long foot or a wide body as follows:
1. A bar changes the sound in some way. For example, "ch" becomes "sh".
2. A stroke makes a consonant sound voiced. For example, a "p" becomes a "b".
3. A long foot makes it a consonant.
4. A wide body makes it a stressed vowel. (English has unpredictable stress, and so Unspell always shows which vowel is stressed, so that people don't have to memorize it separately.)
Here are the 13 basic shapes, with the variations shown below them.
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