Jenticha was developed by Krishna Bahadur Jenticha (1926-1991)
in the 1942 to write Sunuwar. It is used mainly in Sikkim,
where it officially recognised, though Devanagari is more commonly
used to write Sunuwar. Jenticha was originally a phonemic
alphabet, but later became a syllabic alphabet
Jenticha has been used to produce books for use in primary
schools, for poetry, histories, a newspaper, a grammar, government
records, academic works and so on.
Type of writing system: syllabic alphabet / abugida
Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
Consonants have an inherent vowel which is changed by adding
another vowel after them.
Used to write
Sunuwar (कोँइच / Kõits), a member of the Kiranti branch of
the Tibeto-Burman language family spoken by about 40,000 people
in eastern Nepal and Sikkim, where it is an official language.
It is also known as Kõits-Lo (कोँइच लो / kõica lo),
Mukhiya (मुखिया / mukhiyā) and
Kiranti-Kõits (किराँती-कोँइच / kirā̃tī-kõica).
The native name for the language is Kõits (कोँइच / kõica,),
which is also written Koinch, Koincha and Koints.