Lontara script


Lontara script

Infobox Writing system
name=Lontara
type = Abugida
time = 17th century–20th century
languages = Buginese language
fam1=Proto-Canaanite alphabet
fam2=Phoenician alphabet
fam3=Aramaic alphabet
fam4=Brāhmī
fam5=Pallava
fam6=Old Kawi
sisters=Balinese
Batak
Baybayin
Buhid
Hanunó'o
Javanese
Old Sundanese
Rejang
Rencong
Tagbanwa

unicode = [http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U1A00.pdf U+1A00–U+1A1F]
iso15924=Bugi
sample = Bugis script example.jpg
image_size = 250px
The Lontara script is an Indic script traditionally used for writing several languages of Sulawesi in Indonesia such as the Bugis language, the Makassarese language, and the Mandar language (Malayo-Polynesian languages). It is also known as the Buginese script. It has largely been replaced by the Roman alphabet due to Dutch colonization. The term Lontara refers to the Palmyra palm, upon the leaves of which the script was formerly written.

In Buginese, this script is called "urupu sulapa eppa" which means "square letters".

Phonology

Buginese in Unicode

The Unicode range for Buginese is U+1A00 ... U+1A1F. Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points.

ee also

*Makassar language
*Buginese language
*Mandar language

External links

* [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/lontara.htm Lontara and Makasar scripts]
* [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0019-7289%28197110%2912%3C159%3ANOTLAH%3E2.0.CO%3B2-W&size=LARGE&origin=JSTOR-enlargePage Article about Buginese script in JSTOR]
* [http://www.ancientscripts.com/bugis.html Buginese script on www.ancientscripts.com]
* [http://niariot87.googlepages.com/ Saweri] , a font that supports only lontara script.


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