Limbu (ᤕᤠᤰᤌᤢᤱ ᤐᤠᤴ)

Limbu belongs to the Kiranti branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family. It is spoken mainly in parts of Nepal and India by about 407,000 people. There were about 366,200 speakers of Limbu in Nepal in 2011, particularly in the Kosi and Mechi zones in eastern Nepal. There are also about 40,800 speakers in the northeast of India, mainly in Assam, Sikkim and West Bengal states.

The word limbu means an archer. The native name of the Limbu language is ᤕᤠᤰᤌᤢᤱ ᤐᤠᤴ (yakthung pān).

In Nepal Limbu is used in schools, literature, newspapers, radio and TV. In Sikkim in India it is taught at all levels of education from primary schools to universities.

Written Limbu

Limbu is and has been written with a number of different writing systems, including the Lephca / Rong, Sirijanga and Devanagari scripts.

Limbu Sirijanga script

The Limbu or Kirati alphabet was probably modelled on the Lepcha alphabet, which is thought to have derived from the Tibetan alphabet. According to many historians, King Sirijonga invented the "Kirat-Sirijonga Script" in the late 9th century. It disappeared for many years and was then reintroduced by Te-ongsi Sirijonga (believed to be reincarnation of King Sirijonga), in the 17th century. In 1925, Iman Singh Chemjong, a Limbu scholar, named the script after Sirijonga who had laid down his life for the preservation and promotion of script in 1743.

Source: http://www.chumlung.org.np

Notable features

Limbu Sirijanga script

Hear how to pronounce Limbu:

Devanagari alphabet for Limbu

Devanagari alphabet for Limbu

Sample text

Sample text in Limbu

Transliteration

āṅgāʔ pensa꞉n kĕla꞉mbāʔ manāā.. āhim phuṅlĕṅ, āṅgāʔ āttinnāṅ sām‌yonibā, sām‌yothimhāʔ nasā꞉n mĕnjoknābā ā.. thik‌yem kipmā keghubā tukmālle yāṅsāṅ, sidābāṅdāʔ mĕtchiṅsĕ pegāṅsāṅ mĕnnūbā kara yĕsumāṅo nasān co꞉k hemtuṅāṅdho āṅgā vettāṅ bāro.. - lāla bahādura limbu. kaṅ nusiyekpā yākpaṅgĕmbā sese cumluṅ kālempoṅ bā caït‌ro.. āllabā yĕtchiʔgempā sese cumluṅ 11 aktubara 2014 siligudi 500 manālammo po꞉ṅla patlo..

Source: https://aksharamukha.appspot.com/describe/Limbu

Details provided by Biswajit Mandal (biswajtmandal[dot]bm90[at]gmail[dot]com)

Sample videos in Limbu

Links

Information about the Limbu language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbu_language
http://meropaila.wordpress.com/kirat-rai/
https://aksharamukha.appspot.com/describe/Limbu

Kirat Yakthung Chumlung - an organisation dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Limbu language and culture
http://www.chumlung.org.np

Limbua Fonts
https://software.sil.org/namdhinggo/
http://www.wazu.jp/gallery/Fonts_Limbu.html
https://calligraphicunicodefont.blogspot.com/2014/05/Limboo-unicode-fonts.html

Kiranti languages

Bantawa, Dhimal, Khaling, Limbu, Sunwar, Yakkha

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

Ahom, Aima, Badaga, Balinese, Batak, Baybayin (Tagalog), Bengali, Bilang-bilang, Bima, Blackfoot, Brahmi, Buhid, Burmese, Carrier, Chakma, Cham, Cree, Dehong Dai, Devanagari, Dham Lipi, Ditema, Dives Akuru, Dogra, Ethiopic, Evēla Akuru, Fraser, Gond, Goykanadi, Grantha, Gujarati, Gunjala Gondi, Gupta, Gurmukhi, Hanifi, Hanuno'o, Ibalnan, Inuktitut, Javanese, Jenticha, Kaithi, Kadamba, Kannada, Kawi, Kerinci, Kharosthi, Khema, Khe Phri, Khmer, Khojki, Kirat Rai, Kulitan, Lampung, Lanna, Lao, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara/Makasar, Lota Ende, Magar Akkha, Malayalam, Manpuri, Meroïtic, Masarm Gondi, Modi, Mon, Mongolian Horizontal Square Script, Multani, Nandinagari, Newa, Ojibwe, Odia, Pahawh Hmong, Pallava, Phags-pa, Ranjana, Redjang, Sasak, Savara, Satera Jontal, Shan, Sharda, Siddham, Sindhi, Sinhala, Sorang Sompeng, Sourashtra, Soyombo, Sundanese, Syloti Nagri, Tagbanwa, Takri, Tamil, Tani, Thaana, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigalari (Tulu), Tikamuli, Tocharian, Tolong Siki, Warang Citi

Languages written with the Devanāgarī alphabet

Aka-Jeru, Avestan, Awadhi, Balti, Bantawa, Bodo, Bhojpuri, Car, Chhattisgarhi, Dhimal, Dhundari, Dogri, Garhwali, Gondi, Gurung, Hindi, Ho, Jarawa, Kham, Kangri, Kashmiri, Khaling, Konkani, Kurukh, Limbu, Lhomi, Magahi, Magar, Maithili, Maldivian, Marathi, Marwari, Mundari, Newar, Nepali, Onge, Pali, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Santali, Saraiki, Sherpa, Shina, Sindhi, Sunwar, Sylheti, Tamang, Yakkha, Yolmo


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