Gondi — 1928 AD, India

Gondi "ve"

Gondi was developed by a gentleman named Munshi Mangal Singh Masaram, to be used in central India to write the Gondi language.  (In India, it almost appears that people don’t take a spoken language (and hence ethnicity) seriously unless it has its own writing system.)

Gondi is an abuguida, and all the consonant glyphs have a short horizontal line on the right-hand side, looking sort of like a hyphen.  The vowel diacritics all sit sort of “on top of” this hyphen.  When the consonant participates in a consonant cluster, the hyphen is omitted.

Links: Unicode proposal, Omniglot

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One Response to Gondi — 1928 AD, India

  1. Tamfang says:

    In Devanagari, as you probably know, 20 out of 32 consonant letters have a vertical stem at the right, which is similarly omitted to form clusters. (It’s neater than stacking!)

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