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Gond — 2010 AD, India

It is not very common for someone to create a new script.  Cherokee, Ol Chiki, Pin Cin Hau logograms, Gurmukhi, Hangul are just a few of the scripts which we know were created or invented more-or-less from scratch. However, in … Continue reading

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Sora Sompeng — 1936 AD, India

In the history of writing systems, it is not uncommon for people create writing systems based on dreams or visions.  It is also not uncommon for writing systems to have particular religious significance.  It *is* somewhat rare for people to … Continue reading

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Gondi — 1928 AD, India

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 … Continue reading

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Tani Lipi — 2001 AD, India

A gentleman named Tony Koyu designed the Tani Lipi script in 2001 for the Tani group of languages in the far northeast of India.  It is explicitly designed to unify the many Tani tribes.  There is pretty fierce debate over … Continue reading

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Varang Chiti — 1963 AD?, India

The Ho language is a minority language in northeastern India, but in India, minority languages can have a large number of speakers: there are over a million Ho speakers. At some point in the 20th century, a gentleman named Lako … Continue reading

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Ol Chiki — 1925 AD, India

The Santali spoken language is not an Indo-European language, while  the majority spoken languages in northern India are Indo-Europeean.  (Santali is an Austro-Asiatic language, and hence more closely related to Vietnamese than to Sanskrit.)  The Indic writing systems designed for … Continue reading

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Zolai — 1952 AD, India

There is a small ethnic group on the border of India and Burma with many names.  They are called the Zo, Zou, Jo, Chin, and several other names. They speak a language that is in the same language family as … Continue reading

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Pau Cin Hau alphabet — 1931 AD, Mayanmar

The Pau Cin Hau logographic script was reformed in 1931 AD, moving from a logographic language to an alphabet.  While it is not unusual for a phonetic writing system to evolve from a logographic writing system, it is very rare … Continue reading

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Pau Cin Hau Logograms — 1902 AD, Mayanmar

In 1902 AD, a man named Pau Cin Hau had a dream where the characters of a logographic script were revealed to him.  He also developed the Laipian religion, and his script was used extensively in liturgical works.  Laipian actually … Continue reading

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Tikamuli — 2005, Nepal

As I mentioned in the Jenticha post, there is a language called Sunuwar which is spoken in both India and Nepal, and has been written in Jenticha in both Nepal and northern India. In 2005, Tikaram Mulicha developed the Tikamuli … Continue reading

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