Uchen script, umê script, and transliterations
Umê (Tibetan: དབུ་མེད་, Wylie: dbu-med, IPA: [umɛ̂]; variant spellings include ume, u-me) is a cursive form of the Tibetan alphabet. The name means "headless," and is a style of the script used for both calligraphy and shorthand. A distinctive feature of umê compared to uchen is the absence of the horizontal guide line across the top of the letters. Between syllables, the tseg mark (་) often appears as a vertical stroke. There are two main kinds of umê writing:
- Zhuza (Tibetan: འབྲུ་ཙ་, Wylie: 'bru-tsa), used for writing documents.
- Bêcug (Tibetan: དཔེ་ཚུགས་, Wylie: dpe-tshugs), used for writing scriptures.
There is also a block form of the Tibetan alphabet, containing a horizontal line, referred to as uchen (Tibetan: དབུ་ཅན་, Wylie: dbu-can, "with a head").
Another example of umê
script; note the vertical tseg