Nikhilipi alphabet The Nikhilipi alphabet

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.

Notable features

  • 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

The Nikhilipi alphabet

Sample text

Sample text in the Nikhilipi alphabet

Translation

To uphold and protect the sovereinity, unity and integrity of India.
From the Indian constitution, article 51A

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