Arunachal man scripts new tribal alphabet to preserve language

Published: Sep 08, 2019, 13:08 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Losu who was enlisted in the US-based Unicode Consortium for online use said, "It took me almost 12 years to script the Wancho language

Arunachal man scripts new tribal alphabet to preserve language
This image has been used for representational purposes only

Linguist student Banwang Losu developed an independent Wancho script in order to preserve 'Wancho language' which is spoken in several northeastern states. Wancho is one of the tribes in Arunachal Pradesh which lacked a script.

Losu who was enlisted in the US-based Unicode Consortium for online use said, "It took me almost 12 years to script the Wancho language. It is not only confined to Arunachal Pradesh but is also spoken in Nagaland, Assam and other countries like Myanmar and Bhutan."

The language has also found a place in the Unicode which means that it can be used on the internet as well. "We are responsible to preserve our culture and languages ourselves or it will disappear from this world. There is no superior or inferior language; every language is equally important," he said.

While developing the script, Losu faced various problems. Losu is pursuing his Masters in linguistics at Deccan College Post Graduation and Research Institute in Pune. "I found out that it was not possible to translate the language as it did not capture all of its sounds. So I started researching on phonetics of the language," Losu said.

A book which was published in 2013, titled, 'Wancho script' carries basic application of letters into words and sentences. It is now being used as a textbook in around 20 government-run schools. "Other tribes are also welcome to use the script of our script. I can also help them document the script of their own language if they want," Losu added.

Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates

Edited by mid-day online desk with inputs from Agencies

Sign up for all the latest news, top galleries and trending videos from Mid-day.com

Subscribe
Loading...

I am an Indian first: ISRO Chief K Sivan's reply to Tamil channel is winning hearts online

NEXT STORY
This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK