The Dunging script was created by Dunging anak Gunggu (1904-1985) between 1947 and 1962 as an alternative way to write Iban, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken in parts of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. It is a syllabic script consisting originally of 77 symbols which represent combinations of vowels and consonants. Dunging taught his script to a number of his nephews, however there was little interest from other members of his community, few of whom were literate.
By 1962 Dunging had refined the script down to 59 symbols. He was invited to teach the script at a school in Betong, but with little success. There have been a number of unsuccessful atempts to revive this script, since then. In 1990 Bagat Nunui, Dunging's adopted son, gathered together information about the script into a manuscipt, which wasn't published. Then in 2011 Dr Bromeley Philip, an associate professor at the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Sarawak, started teaching a course in the script.
Here is another version of the Dunging script with a different alphabetical order:
Information about the Dungung Script
Bamum, Caroline Island Script, Celtiberian, Cherokee, Cypriot, Dunging (Iban), Eskayan, Hiragana, Iberian, Katakana, Kpelle, Loma, Mende (Kikakui), Mwangwego, Ndjuká, Nüshu, Nwagụ Aneke, Vai, Yi, Yugtun
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