Friday, May 8, 2009

Shan Alphabet

The Shan alphabet was probably derived from, or at least influenced by, the Old Mon alphabet.
Shan alphabet is used to write the Shan language, a Tai language closely related to Thai and Lao. Moreover, many Shan speakers live in Shan State, Burma (Myanmar), and there is also a large Shan population in Northern Thailand (formerly Lanna Kingdom, an independent Tai kingdom whose mother tongue is closely related to Thai and Lao).

You can download Shan unicode font here.

Vowels (in red)

Shan writing in action:
Shan info.

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