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Tibetan script

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The Tibetan script is a segmental writing system (abugida) of Indic origin used to write certain Tibetic languages, including Tibetan, Dzongkha, Sikkimese, Ladakhi, Jirel and Balti. It has also been used for some non-Tibetic languages in close cultural contact with Tibet, such as Thakali.[5] The printed form is called uchen script while the hand-written cursive form used in everyday writing is called umê script. This writing system is used across the Himalayas, and Tibet.

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Script type
Time period
c. 650–present
Directionleft-to-right Edit this on Wikidata
Related scripts
Parent systems
Child systems
Sister systems
Sharada, Siddhaṃ, Divehi Akuru
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Tibt (330), Tibetan
Unicode alias
U+0F00U+0FFF Final Accepted Script Proposal of the First Usable Edition (3.0)
[a] The Semitic origin of the Brahmic scripts is debated; see Brahmi script § Origins for more information.
 This article contains phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. For the distinction between [ ], / / and  , see IPA § Brackets and transcription delimiters.

The script is closely linked to a broad ethnic Tibetan identity, spanning across areas in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.[6] The Tibetan script is of Brahmic origin from the Gupta script and is ancestral to scripts such as Meitei,[3] Lepcha,[7] Marchen and the multilingual ʼPhags-pa script.[7]