Rikchik Glyph Dictionary

I may put glyphs in the table before coming up with the image, so don't panic if there's a missing image here and there.
See main page for a physical description of a rikchik.
Refers to the speaker, or to the current location, or to the current time.
A general interrogative: indicates the speaker does not know what glyph should go in that place in the sentence, but would like to be informed. The various tags may indicate meanings beyond "what": What-Destination-P-0 would tend to mean "to where", for instance.
From the eye-widening that is the rikchik equivalent of a smile.
(glyph)Dead (also North)
The "North" meaning is based on a general belief that the spirits of the dead fly off the world from the North pole.
This is also used for all forms of communication, with modifiers.
The Patient of the verb form of Move is the thing that actually gets moved. The Agent is often ommitted when something is moving of its own accord.
(glyph)Sun (also East)
Since the sun appears in the East, to go east is to go "sun-ward".
(glyph)Gather (also And)
When Gather agrees in form with the words serving the Patient role, it usually means "And".
(glyph)Choice (also Or)
When Choice agrees in form with the words serving the Patient role, it usually means "Or".
(glyph)God, deity (also South)
In ancient times, it was believed that the Gods retired to the southern sea when not at work in the world.
This glyph is used in expressions involving timing. See the page about time.
This glyph refers to a length of time: a day is written as Sun-Agent-T-0 Span-?-I-1. See the page about time.

Body Parts

(glyph)Eye (also West)
As the sun rises brightly in the East, the eye naturally turns to the west.
(glyph)Globe, Head
A rikchik looks like a green globe with a single, central eye supported by 49 tentacles. This word is used to refer to the globe section of the rikchik body, though it also is used to refer to spherical things in general.
(glyph)Mouth, Eat
This refers specifically to the globe-painting that is how rikchiks adorn themselves.


(glyph)One (1)
The rikchik number system is seven-based. For more info, see the math page (which doesn't exist yet).
(glyph)Two (2)
(glyph)Three (3)
(glyph)Four (4)
(glyph)Five (5)
(glyph)Six (6)
(glyph)Seven (7)
This is not used in mathematical applications: the "10" form is used instead.
(glyph)Zero (0) (also Not)

Last modified 18Jul1997 by Denis Moskowitz. Rikchik culture and language also by Denis. Word assembly program utilizes gd, a graphics library, and GD.pm, a perl interface to gd. gd is © 1994, 1995, Quest Protein Database Center, Cold Spring Harbor Labs. GD.pm is © 1995, Lincoln D. Stein. Both are used with permission.