Category Archives: National pride

Tolong Siki — 1999 AD, India

Tolong Siki was developed rather recently for the Kurukh spoken language.  Previously, Devanagari was used (and is still used in large part a decade later). Tolong Siki is one of the few languages that was created from scratch collaboratively that … 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 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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Jenticha — 1942 AD, Nepal

In Northern India and southern Nepal, there is a language called Sunuwar, alternatively Kõits-Lo, Mukhiya, Kiranti-Kõits, Koinch, Koincha, and Koints.  In 1942, Karna Jeticha developed a script for this language. There have been two versions of Jenticha: the first was … Continue reading

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Assamese — 1200 AD, India

Assamese is interesting because it is so very close to Bengali script.  There are only two characters which are different. Frequently, writing systems differ by a few characters because a writing system was adapted for spoken language B from a … Continue reading

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Gurmukhi — 1539 AD, India/Pakistan

In about 1539 AD, the second Sikh Guru Angad Dev Ji developed a script, Gurmukhi, from Punjabi Landa.  While he used this script to write religious works in several different languages, it came to be a symbol of Punjabi — … Continue reading

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