The Jenticha script was developed by Krishna Bahadur Jenticha (1926-1991) in the 1942 to write Sunwar, a Kiranti language spoken mailny in eastern Nepal, and also in Sikkim in the northeast of India. It is used mainly in Sikkim, where it officially recognised, though Devanagari is more commonly used in Nepal. Jenticha was originally a phonemic alphabet, but later became a syllabic alphabet. It is not related to any other writing system, but has some similarities to the Limbu and Lepcha scripts.
Jenticha has been used to produce books for use in primary schools, for poetry, histories, a newspaper, a grammar, government records, academic works, and other material.
- Type of writing system: abugida / syllabic alphabet
- Writing direction: left to right in horizontal lines
- Consonants have an inherent vowel which is changed by adding another vowel after them.
- Used to write: Sunwar, a Kiranti language spoken in eastern Nepal, and in Sikkim in northeastern India
Jenticha script for Sunwar
Download an alphabet chart for Jenticha
Source: Preliminary Proposal to Encode the Jenticha Script
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Information about the Jenticha script
Syllabic alphabets / abugidas
Ahom, Aima, Badaga, Balinese, Balti-A, Balti-B, Batak, Baybayin (Tagalog), Bengali, Bhaiksuki, Bhujimol, Bilang-bilang, Bima, Blackfoot, Brahmi, Buhid, Burmese, Carrier, Chakma, Cham, Cree, Dehong Dai, Devanagari, Dham Lipi, Dhankari / Sirmauri, Ditema, Dives Akuru, Dogra, Ethiopic, Evēla Akuru, Fraser, Gond, Goykanadi, Grantha, Gujarati, Gunjala Gondi, Gupta, Gurmukhi, Halbi Lipi, Hanifi, Hanuno’o, Ibalnan, Inuktitut, Jaunsari Takri, Javanese, Jenticha, Kaithi, Kadamba, Kamarupi, Kannada, Kawi, Kerinci, Kharosthi, Khema, Khe Phri, Khmer, Khojki, Khudabadi, Kirat Rai, Kōchi, Kulitan, Kurukh Banna, Lampung, Lanna, Lao, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara/Makasar, Lota Ende, Magar Akkha, Mahajani, Malayalam, Manpuri, Meroïtic, Masarm Gondi, Modi, Mon, Mongolian Horizontal Square Script, Multani, Nandinagari, Newa, Ojibwe, Odia, Pahawh Hmong, Pallava, Phags-pa, Purva Licchavi, Ranjana, Redjang, Sasak, Savara, Satera Jontal, Shan, Sharda, Siddham, Sinhala, Sorang Sompeng, Sourashtra, Soyombo, Sukhothai, Sundanese, Syloti Nagri, Tagbanwa, Takri, Tamil, Tanchangya (Ka-Pat), Tani, Thaana, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigalari, Tikamuli, Tocharian, Tolong Siki, Vatteluttu, Warang Citi