The Nikhilipi alphabet is the creation of Nikhil Sinha. It is designed
to write any Indo-Aryan language and, with a few additional letters, the
Dravidian languages as well. The name combines Nikhil's first name and
the word lipi, which means script in Hindi.
- Can be used to write just about any Indo-Aryan language and,
with a few additional letters, the Dravidian languages as well.
- With a few modification can also be used to write Sinhalese
and Maldivian (Divehi), which are Indo-Aryan languages but are very
much influenced by Dravidian languages
- Nikhilipi is alphabetic, unlike most Indian scripts, and it
is phonemic, like all Indian scripts.
- The pronunciation of the letters varies according to the language
which is being written. For example the letter 'a' will be pronounced
differently in Hindi and Bengali.
- The consonants are arranged into groups according to the way they
are pronounced, like other Indian scripts. Consonants in the same group
all have the same basic shape.
- Long vowels are formed by putting the long vowel sign after the
corresponding short vowel.
The Nikhilipi alphabet
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