Saurashtra alphabet

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Saurashtra
Type
Languages Saurashtra
Time period
20th century
Parent systems
ISO 15924 Saur, 344
Direction Left-to-right
Unicode alias
Saurashtra
U+A880–U+A8DF

Saurashtra is a script used to write the Saurashtra language. Its usage has declined and Tamil script and Latin are now used more commonly.

The Saurashtra Language is written in its own script. Because this is a minority language not taught in schools, people learn to write in Sourashtra Script through Voluntary Organisations like Sourashtra Vidya Peetam, Madurai. Sourashtra is the popular spelling and it refers to both the Sourashtra language and a person who speaks Sourashtram. Saurashtra is an area in Gujarat State in India, from where the present Sourashtras in Tamil Nadu traditionally believed to have migrated some centuries back. Vrajlal Sapovadia describe Saurashtra language alphabet and language as hybrid of Gujarati, Devnagari, Marathi & Tamil.[1]

Saurashtra Script[edit]

The letter order of Saurashtra script is similar to other Brahmic Scripts. The letters are vowels, consonants, and the compound letters which are formed essentially by adding a vowel sound to a consonant.

Vowels and Consonants[edit]

Vowels in Saurashtra language.jpg

Saurashtra Consonants.jpg

Compound Letters[edit]

Compound Form of letters in Saurashtra language.jpg

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Numerals[edit]

Numerals in Saurashtra Language.jpg

Unicode[edit]

Saurashtra script was added to the Unicode Standard in April, 2008 with the release of version 5.1.

The Unicode block for Saurashtra is U+A880–U+A8DF:

Saurashtra[1][2]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+A88x
U+A89x
U+A8Ax
U+A8Bx
U+A8Cx
U+A8Dx
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 7.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vrajlal Sapovadia describe Saurashtra language alphabets and language as hybrid of Gujarati, Devnagari, Marathi & Tamil.