Nancowry (Mūöt / मुओत)

Nancowry is a member of the Nicobarese branch of the Austroasiatic language family. It is spoken in the central Nicobar Islands, part of the India state of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, mainly on the islands of Katchal, Camorta and Nancowry. It was also spoken on the island Trinkat until 2004, when a tsunami made the island uninhabitable and the people moved to Kamorta. Each island where Nancowry is spoken has its own dialect. In 2001 there were about 5,826 speakers of Nancowry, which is also known as Central Nicobares, Nicobar or Nang-kaur.

Nancowry was first documnented in the late 19th century. Since then a number of dictionaries and other materials about and in the language have been published. There are ways to write it with the Devanagari and Latin alphabets.

Devanagari alphabet for Nancowry

Devanagari alphabet for Nancowry

Latin alphabet for Nancowry

Latin alphabet for Nancowry

Download alphabet charts for Nancowry (Excel)

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Information about Nancowry

Nicobarese languages

Car, Chaura, Nancowry, Shompen

Languages written with the Devanāgarī alphabet

Aka-Jeru, Angika, Athpare, Avestan, Awadhi, Bahing, Balti, Bantawa, Belhare, Bhili, Bhumij, Bilaspuri, Bodo, Bhojpuri, Braj, Car, Chamling, Chhantyal, Chhattisgarhi, Chambeali, Danwar, Dhatki, Dhimal, Dhundari, Digaro Mishmi, Dogri, Doteli, Gaddi, Garhwali, Gondi, Gurung, Halbi, Haryanvi, Hindi, Ho, Jarawa, Jaunsari, Jirel, Jumli, Kagate, Kannauji, Kham, Kangri, Kashmiri, Khaling, Khandeshi, Kharia, Khortha, Korku, Konkani, Kullui, Kumaoni, Kurmali, Kurukh, Kusunda, Lambadi, Limbu, Lhomi, Lhowa, Magahi, Magar, Mahasu Pahari, Maithili, Maldivian, Malto, Mandeali, Marathi, Marwari, Mewari, Mundari, Nancowry. Newar, Nepali, Nimadi, Nishi, Onge, Pahari, Pali, Pangwali, Rajasthani, Rajbanshi, Rangpuri, Sadri, Sanskrit, Santali, Saraiki, Sirmauri, Sherpa, Shina, Sindhi, Sunwar, Sylheti, Tamang, Thakali, Thangmi, Wambule, Wancho, Yakkha, Yolmo

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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