This script is based on the 'Apatani Language Standard' proposal. For more details and discussions on the proposed script, visit the Apatani Language Development Committee group on Facebook. You can download the proposal here.
Ayaa sédolo! So here is a little program to help you all get a better idea about using the proposed Apatani Script (Tané Agü Kenan). First take a look at these examples of the usage of the vowels and consonants. The Tané Keju Chïgnan web application will also help you get a grasp of the additional characters better.
For the exercise, type the correct spelling in Tané Script in the blank box. The box will turn green if the spelling in correct. See Answers.
1. This looks interesting but all these weird symbols are intimidating.
The proposed script is very easy. It is nothing but the english alphabet and a few additional symbols. First, lets consider the 26 english letters A-Z. hokii z, q, x mi lapa lyato.. the usage of all other letters will be the same except that there will be special emphasis on the usage of vowels in english language. the vowels will be used in the following way (without variation); a as in abracadabra, e as in taken, i as in delhi, o as in bangalore, u as in ubuntu. Now to accomodate special sounds in tanii, some special symbols are made use of.. first japa é for ii, then ä, ë, ï, ö, ü for ang, eng, ing, ong and ung respectively (these are sounds with ng-suffix). Now, we dont have a single letter representation for ii and since ë/ ï are already taken, we have ê for iing. The next accented character is è for the way we pronounce e in Loder. Now lets come back to z, q, x. We use these for what are the compound-sounds/ or combination-sounds viz., ly, ng, kh. Since, these sounds require more than one letter to reproduce them correctly, we assign the letters z, q and x to them respectively (read authors post on the facebook group for details on why and how they fit in the proposed standard). Lastly, one additional special symbol ñ is include for the combination-sound ny (as in Monya).
See 'Familiarization Exercise' above for list of all symbols and their intended usage.
2. Is it going to be the de-facto standard?
We have a long way to go and the script will evolve over time with feedbacks and suggestions from both the experts and the ordinary user. Lets try to write with these notations wherever required and test its usability.
3. So, how do I start writing using these symbols?
All the symbols can be typed from a standard keyboard. To do this, however, you have to Enable International Keyboard. Follow the following link for instructions on how to set up international keyboard and start typing in Tané.
4. How can I help?
The easiest way you can help is by spreading the word, that is, by clicking the LIKE button and posting it on facebook. You can get more involved by taking part in facebook discussion on the ALS project.