The vowel is expressed in the Syriac script by a total of five vowel signs, which are placed over the respective consonants:
A new system of vowel marking has been developed for Surayt, that differs from the classical system in several points. The vowel sounds are always written in Surayt. The vowel signs are part of the alphabet and have an established position: They are placed over the respective consonants with which they are pronounced. The signs for the short vowels Ftoḥo /ä ܱ / and Rboṣo /ëܷ / (Schwa) are placed under their respective consonants.
Vowel signs over the letters
Vowel signs under the letters
|Ftoḥo karyo||short /a/ (= ä)||ܱ|
|Rboṣo karyo||short /e/ (Schwa = Ëë)||ܷ|
The vowels /u ܘ/ and /i ܝ/ are primarily expressed through the letters /w ܘ/ and /y ܝ/. The vowel signs Ḥboṣo /i ܺ / and Cṣoṣo/ u ܽ / are not used in the Surayt writing system.
An overview of the vowels and their signs: