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Sharda alphabet   Sharda alphabet

Origins

The Sharda or Śāradā alphabet developed from the Brahmi script during the second half of the 8th century AD. The earliest known inscription in the Sharda alphabet dates from 774 AD and was discovered in a village called Hund in the west of Pakistan.

Today only a small group of Brahmins continue to use the Sharda alphabet for writing and calculating astrological and ritual formulations.

Notable features

Used to write

Kashmiri, Sanskrit and a number of other languages in the northwest of India, the Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and in parts of Central Asia.

Sharda alphabet

Consonants

Sharda consonants

Vowel diacritics

Sharda vowels

Numerals

Sharda numerals

Sample texts in Sharda

Sample text in the Sharda alphabet

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Śāradā_script

Sample text in the Sharda alphabet

Transliteration

Saerey loukh tche huquq te ezzat lihaaz hehey zamit. Teman tche zameer te aqel dene aamech. Tawai paze teman bhae baraderi saan rozun.

Hear a recording of this text by Waqar Shah

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Links

Free Sharda font
http://koshur.org/contents.html

The Sharada Script: Origin and Development
http://www.koausa.org/Languages/Sharda.html

Some of the writing systems used to write Sanskrit

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas


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