Tuesday, October 15, 2013

84. Jenticha

 जेँःतिच ब्रेःसे / jẽtica brese

Jenticha was developed by Krishna Bahadur Jenticha (1926-1991) in the 1942 to write Sunuwar. It is used mainly in Sikkim, where it officially recognised, though Devanagari is more commonly used to write Sunuwar. Jenticha was originally a phonemic alphabet, but later became a syllabic alphabet
Jenticha has been used to produce books for use in primary schools, for poetry, histories, a newspaper, a grammar, government records, academic works and so on.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: syllabic alphabet / abugida
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
  • Consonants have an inherent vowel which is changed by adding another vowel after them.

Used to write

Sunuwar (कोँइच / Kõits), a member of the Kiranti branch of the Tibeto-Burman language family spoken by about 40,000 people in eastern Nepal and Sikkim, where it is an official language. It is also known as Kõits-Lo (कोँइच लो / kõica lo), Mukhiya (मुखिया / mukhiyā) and Kiranti-Kõits (किराँती-कोँइच / kirā̃tī-kõica). The native name for the language is Kõits (कोँइच / kõica,), which is also written Koinch, Koincha and Koints.

Jenticha and Devanagari scripts for Sunuwar

Jenticha and Devanagari scripts for Sunuwar
Download a speadsheet of this chart | Preliminary Proposal to Encode the Jenticha Script
Tower of Babel in Sunuwar (Devanagari script)


Information about the Jenticha script
Information about Sunuwar


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