Mongolian script

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Mongolian
Bosoo mongol bicig.png
Example text
Type
Languages Mongolian language
Manchu language (obsolete)
Daur language (obsolete)
Evenki language (experimentally)
Time period
ca.1204 – today
Parent systems
Child systems
Manchu alphabet
Oirat alphabet (Clear script)
Buryat alphabet
Galik alphabet
Evenki alphabet
Xibe alphabet
Sister systems
Old Uyghur alphabet
Direction Top-to-bottom
ISO 15924 Mong, 145
Unicode alias
Mongolian

The classical or traditional Mongolian script (in Mongolian script: ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠪᠢᠴᠢᠭ Mongγol bičig; in Mongolian Cyrillic: Монгол бичиг Mongol bichig), also known as Hudum Mongol bichig, was the first writing system created specifically for the Mongolian language, and was the most successful until the introduction of Cyrillic in 1946. Derived from the Old Uyghur alphabet,[1] Mongolian is a true alphabet, with separate letters for consonants and vowels. The Mongolian script has been adapted to write languages such as Oirat and Manchu. Alphabets based on this classical vertical script are used in Inner Mongolia and other parts of China to this day to write Mongolian, Xibe and experimentally, Evenki.

To ensure that text in the script displays correctly in your browser, the appearance of the text samples in the table below should match. The more specific shapes include the final shapes on lines 1 (yin suffix), 3 (separated a), and 4/6 (vowel harmony dependent g) in the middle column, and the interrogative particle uu/üü in the rightmost column. Note that in some browsers, letters are rotated 90° counterclockwise. If the isolate letter a () resembles a 'W' and not a 'Σ', rotate the letters 90° clockwise.

Text direction
Reference text Bosoo mongol bicig.png Mongolian Script Interrogative Particle.svg
Browser-rendered text ᠴᠣᠷᠢ ᠶᠢᠨ ᠭᠠᠭᠴᠠ ᠪᠣᠰᠤᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠪᠢᠴᠢᠭ᠄ ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠪᠢᠴᠢᠭ ᠦᠦ

History[edit]

“Mongol” written in Mongolian script: 1. traditional, 2. folded, 3. 'Phags-pa, 4. Todo, 5. Manchu, 6. Soyombo, 7. horizontal square, 8. Cyrillic

The Mongolian vertical script developed as an adaptation of the Old Uyghur alphabet to the Mongolian language. From the seventh and eighth to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Mongolian language separated into southern, eastern and western dialects. The principal monuments of the middle period are: in the eastern dialect, the famous text The Secret History of the Mongols, monuments in the Square script, materials of the Chinese–Mongolian glossary of the fourteenth century (zh), and materials of the Mongolian language of the middle period in Chinese transcription, etc.; in the western dialect, materials of the Arab-Mongolian and Persian-Mongolian dictionaries, Mongolian texts in Arabic transcription, etc. The main features of the period are that the vowels ï and i had lost their phonemic significance, creating the i phoneme (in the Chakhar dialect, the Standard Mongolian in Inner Mongolia, they're still distinct); intervocal consonants γ/g, b/w had disappeared and the preliminary process of the formation of Mongolian long vowels had begun; the initial h was preserved in many words; grammatical categories were partially absent, etc. The development over this period explains why Mongolian script looks like a vertical Arabic script (in particular the presence of the dots system).

Eventually, minor concessions were made to the differences between the Uyghur and Mongol languages: In the 17th and 18th centuries, smoother and more angular versions of tsadi became associated with [dʒ] and [tʃ] respectively, and in the 19th century, the Manchu hooked yodh was adopted for initial [j]. Zain was dropped as it was redundant for [s]. Various schools of orthography, some using diacritics, were developed to avoid ambiguity.

Mongolian is written vertically. The Uyghur script and its descendants—Mongolian, Oirat Clear, Manchu, and Buryat—are the only vertical scripts written from left to right. This developed because the Uyghurs rotated their Sogdian-derived script, originally written right to left, 90 degrees counterclockwise to emulate Chinese writing, but without changing the relative orientation of the letters.[2]

Mongols learned their script as a syllabary, dividing the syllables into twelve different classes, based on the final phonemes of the syllables, all of which ended in vowels.[3]

Name[edit]

The Traditional Mongolian script is known by a wide variety of names. Due to its shape like Uighur script, it became known as the Uighurjin Mongol script (Mongolian: Уйгуржин монгол бичиг). During the communist era, when Cyrillic became the official script for the Mongolian language, the traditional script became known as the Old Mongol script (Mongolian: Хуучин монгол бичиг), in contrast to the New script (Mongolian: Шинэ үсэг), referring to Cyrillic. The name Old Mongol script stuck, and it is still known as such among the older generation, who didn't receive education in the new script.

Letters[edit]

A KFC in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, China, with a trilingual sign in Chinese, Mongolian and English
From left to right : Phagspa, Lantsa, Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese and Cyrillic

The traditional or classical Mongolian alphabet, sometimes called Hudum 'traditional' in Oirat in contrast to the Clear script (Todo 'exact'), is the original form of the Mongolian script used to write the Mongolian language. It does not distinguish several vowels (o/u, ö/ü, final a/e) and consonants (syllable-initial t/d and k/g, sometimes ǰ/y) that were not required for Uyghur, which was the source of the Mongol (or Uyghur-Mongol) script.[2] The result is somewhat comparable to the situation of English, which must represent ten or more vowels with only five letters and uses the digraph th for two distinct sounds. Ambiguity is sometimes prevented by context, as the requirements of vowel harmony and syllable sequence usually indicate the correct sound. Moreover, as there are few words with an exactly identical spelling, actual ambiguities are rare for a reader who knows the orthography.

Letters have different forms depending on their position in a word: initial, medial, or final. In some cases, additional graphic variants are selected for visual harmony with the subsequent character.

Alphabetical Orders:[4]

  • Traditional: n q/k, (Gamma, ү)/g, b, p, s, š, t, d, l, m, č...
  • Modern: n, b, p, q/k, ү/g, m, l, s, š, t, d, č...
  • Other modern orderings that apply to specific dictionaries also exist.[5]

Handwriting-specific forms: The final letterforms with a right-swinging tail (a, e, n, q, ү, m, l, and d) may have the notch (tooth) preceding the tail, more or less reduced to a curve in handwriting.[6]:096[7][8][5][9]:211–215

Vertical style of tails.
Vertical style of tails.
Comparison of writing styles (with suffixes)
Transliterations ača/eče un/ün yin
Block-printed forms Block-printed aca-ece suffix.svg Block-printed un-uen suffix.svg Block-printed yin suffix.svg
Brush-written forms Brush-written aca-ece suffix.svg Brush-written un-uen suffix.svg Brush-written yin suffix.svg
Browser-rendered forms  ᠡᠴᠡ  ᠤᠨ  ᠶᠢᠨ

Mongolian vowel harmony divides vowels into three groups. A word (and its suffixes) can only contain vowels from either of the first two groups below. Neutral i can appear in all words however. These rules might not apply for foreign words however. The three vowel groups are:[10]:11, 39[11]:10[12]:4[5]

  • The back, masculine,[13] hard, or yang[14] vowels a, o, and u.
  • The front, feminine,[13] soft, or yin[14] vowels e, ö, and ü.
  • The neutral vowel i.

A separated final[10]:30, 77[15]:42[16]:104[12]:27[17]:534–535 form of vowels a or e is common, and can appear at the end of a word, word stem, or suffix. This form requires a final-shaped preceding consonant and an inter-word gap in between. The vowels themselves appear as ᠎ᠠ 3mg ae2 final.png, and with consonants as ‍ᠬ᠎ᠠ 3mg q final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png q‑a, ‍ᠷ᠎ᠠ 3mg r final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png r‑a/r‑e, etc. This gap can be transliterated with a hyphen . In digital typesetting, these forms are triggered by inserting a U+180E MONGOLIAN VOWEL SEPARATOR (HTML ᠎ · MVS) between the consonant and vowel. The combination of MVS and vowel is highlighted in light blue (᠎ᠠ) in the tables below.

The presence or lack of a separated a or e can also indicate differences in meaning between different words (compare ᠬᠠᠷ᠎ᠠ qar‑a 'black' with ᠬᠠᠷᠠ qara 'to look').[18]:3[17]:535

Its form could be confused with that of the identically shaped traditional dative-locative suffix ‑a/‑e exemplified further down. That form however, is more commonly found in older texts, and more commonly takes the forms of ᠲ᠋ᠤᠷ tur/tür or ᠳ᠋ᠤᠷ dur/dür instead.[11]:15[19]

1925 logo of Buryat–mongolian newspaper in mongolian script
1925 logo of Buryat–mongolian newspaper ᠪᠤᠷᠢᠶᠠᠳ ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠤᠨ ᠦᠨᠡᠨ᠃ Buriyad Mongγol‑un ünen 'Buryat-Mongol truth' with the suffix  ᠤᠨ ‑un.

Many suffixes[10]:30[11]:12[19][20][12]:28[17]:534 (and case suffixes in particular) are likewise separated by a gap and transliterated with a hyphen. In digital typesetting, this gap is represented by a U+202F NARROW NO-BREAK SPACE (HTML   · NNBSP). The combination of NNBSP and its following glyph is highlighted in light blue in the tables below (as in suffix-initial  ᠨ‍ ‑n).

Single-letter suffixes appear as final-formed a/e, i, or u/ü (as in ᠭᠠᠵᠠᠷ ᠠ γaǰar‑a 'to the country' and ᠡᠳᠦᠷ ᠡ edür‑e 'on the day',[10]:39 or ᠤᠯᠤᠰ ᠢ ulus‑i 'the state' etc).[10]:23 Multi-letter suffixes can start with an initial-, medial-, or variant-shaped glyph (medial/variant-shaped u in the two-letter suffix  ᠤᠨ 3mg td final.png ‑un/‑ün being exemplified in the adjacent newspaper logo).[17]:27

Isolate citation forms for syllables containing o, u, ö, and ü may in dictionaries appear without a final tail as in ᠪᠣ bo/bu or ᠮᠣ᠋ mo/mu, and with a vertical tail as in ᠪᠥ᠋ / or ᠮᠥ᠋ / (as well as in transcriptions of Chinese syllables).[5][16]:105

Tables[edit]

A dash indicates a non-applicable position for that glyph.[10]:15[11]:60[16]:101, 104[18]:2–3[21]:3–4[22]:27, 30[5]

Parentheses enclose glyphs or positions whose corresponding sounds are not found in native Mongolian words.[10]:14–15[11]:9–10[16]:101[18]:3–5[22]:27

Palatalized phonemes have been excluded. These are conditioned by a following i.[15]:178

Vowels[edit]

A
a ba pa ‑a Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
а ба па а Cyrillic transliteration
ᠪᠠ ᠫᠠ Isolate
ᠠ‍ ᠪᠠ‍ ᠫᠠ‍ Initial
‍ᠠ‍ ‍ᠪᠠ‍ ‍ᠫᠠ‍ Medial
‍ᠠ ‍ᠪᠠ ‍ᠫᠠ Final
᠎ᠠ 3mg ae2 final.png Separated final
 ᠠ 3mg ae2 final.png Separated suffix
 ᠠ‍ Mg e initial.png Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /ɑ/;[5][23] Khalkha /a/, /ə/, and //.[15]:40–42

‍ᠠ᠋3mg ae2 final.png⟩ = connected galik final.[10]:26–28

Medial and final forms may be distinguished from those of other tooth-shaped letters through: vowel harmony (e), the shape of adjacent consonants (see QA-q/k and GA-γ/g below), and position in syllable sequence (n, ng, q, γ, d).[19]

The final tail extends to the left after bow-shaped consonants (such as b, p, f, KA-g, and KHA-k), and to the right in all other cases.

Derived from old uyghur aleph, written twice for isolate and initial forms.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

E
e be pe ke, ge ‑e Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
э бэ пэ хэ, гэ э Cyrillic transliteration
ᠪᠡ ᠫᠡ ᠬᠡ Isolate
ᠡ‍ ᠪᠡ‍ ᠫᠡ‍ ᠬᠡ‍ Initial
‍ᠡ‍ ‍ᠪᠡ‍ ‍ᠫᠡ‍ ‍ᠬᠡ‍ Medial
‍ᠡ ‍ᠪᠡ ‍ᠫᠡ ‍ᠬᠡ Final
᠎ᠡ 3mg ae2 final.png Separated final
 ᠡ 3mg ae2 final.png Separated suffix
 ᠡ‍ Mg e initial.png Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /ə/;[5][23] Khalkha /i/, /e/, /ə/, and //.[15]:40–42

Medial and final forms may be distinguished from those of other tooth-shaped letters through: vowel harmony (a) and its effect on the shape of a words consonants (see QA-q/k and GA-γ/g below), or position in syllable sequence (n, ng, d).[19]

ᠡ᠋‍ = a traditional initial form.[26]:6

The final tail extends to the left after bow-shaped consonants (such as b, p, QA-k, and GA-g), and to the right in all other cases.

Also derived from old uyghur aleph.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

I
i bi pi ki, gi ‑i Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
и би пи хи, ги и Cyrillic transliteration
ᠪᠢ ᠫᠢ ᠬᠢ Isolate
ᠢ‍ ᠪᠢ‍ ᠫᠢ‍ ᠬᠢ‍ Initial
‍ᠢ‍ ‍ᠪᠢ‍ ‍ᠫᠢ‍ ‍ᠬᠢ‍ Medial
Mongol i middle2.jpg
‍ᠢ ‍ᠪᠢ ‍ᠫᠢ ‍ᠬᠢ Final
 ᠢ 3mg iy final.png Separated suffix
 ᠢ‍ 2mg i medial.png Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /i/ or /ɪ/;[5][23] Khalkha /i/, /ə/, and //.[15]:40–42

Today often absorbed into a preceding syllable when at the end of a word.

Written medially with the single stroke after a consonant, and with two after a vowel (with rare exceptions like ᠨᠠ‍ᠢ‍ᠮᠠ naima 'eight' or ᠨᠠ‍ᠢ‍ᠮᠠᠨ naiman 'eight'/tribal name).[10]:31[11]:9, 39[16]:7–8

‍ᠢ᠋‍ = a handwritten inner mongolian variant on the sequence yi (as in ᠰᠠᠶ᠋ᠢᠨ / ᠰᠠᠶᠢᠨ sayin 'good' being written ᠰᠠ‍‍ᠢ᠋‍‍ᠨ sain).[11]:58[16]:49[27]:346

Derived from old uyghur yodh; preceded by an aleph for isolate and initial forms.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

O
o bo po Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
о бо по Cyrillic transliteration
ᠪᠣ ᠫᠣ Isolate
ᠣ‍ ᠪᠣ‍ ᠫᠣ‍ Initial
‍ᠣ‍ ‍ᠪᠣ‍ ‍ᠫᠣ‍ Medial
‍ᠣ ‍ᠪᠣ ‍ᠫᠣ Final

Transcribes Chakhar /ɔ/;[5][23] Khalkha /ɔ/, /ə/, and //.[15]:40–42

Written identically to u in native words;[10]:19[11]:9 distinction depending on context.

‍ᠣ᠋ = the final form used in loanwords.[16]:98

Derived from old uyghur waw; preceded by an aleph for isolate and initial forms.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

U
u bu pu uu ‑u ‑un Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
у бу пу уу у ун Cyrillic transliteration
ᠪᠤ ᠫᠤ ᠤᠤ Mongolian Script Interrogative Particle.svg Isolate
ᠤ‍ ᠪᠤ‍ ᠫᠤ‍ Initial
‍ᠤ‍ ‍ᠪᠤ‍ ‍ᠫᠤ‍ Medial
‍ᠤ ‍ᠪᠤ ‍ᠫᠤ Final
 ᠤ 3mg ouöü final.PNG  ᠤᠨ 3mg td final.png Separated suffix


ᠤ‍
Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /ʊ/;[5][23] Khalkha /ʊ/, /ə/, and //.[15]:40–42

Written identically to o in native words;[10]:19[11]:9 distinction depending on context.

Derived from old uyghur waw; preceded by an aleph for isolate and initial forms.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

OE
ö , Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
ө бө пө хө, гө Cyrillic transliteration
ᠪᠥ᠋ ᠫᠥ᠋ ᠭᠥ w/o tail Isolate
ᠭᠥ᠋ w/ tail
ᠥ‍ ᠪᠥ‍ ᠫᠥ‍ ᠭᠥ‍ Initial
‍ᠥ᠋‍ ‍ᠪᠥ‍ ‍ᠫᠥ‍ ‍ᠭᠥ‍ Medial
‍ᠥ‍
‍ᠥ ‍ᠪᠥ ‍ᠫᠥ ‍ᠭᠥ Final

Transcribes Chakhar /o/;[5][23] Khalkha /o/[ɵ], /ə/, and //.[15]:40–42

Written identically to ü in native words;[10]:20[11]:9 distinction depending on context.

‍ᠥ᠋ = an older final form; also used in loanwords.[16]:105

The first medial form is used in the first syllable of native words,[24]:546 and in subsequent medial positions of loanwords.

Derived from old uyghur waw, in a digraph with yodh in word-initial syllables; preceded by an aleph for isolate and initial forms.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

UE
ü , üü ‑ü ‑ün Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
ү бү пү хү, гү үү ү үн Cyrillic transliteration
ᠪᠦ᠋ ᠫᠦ᠋ ᠭᠦ w/o tail ᠦᠦ Mongolian Script Interrogative Particle.svg Isolate
ᠭᠦ᠋ w/ tail
ᠦ‍ ᠪᠦ‍ ᠫᠦ‍ ᠭᠦ‍ Initial
‍ᠦ᠋‍ ‍ᠪᠦ‍ ‍ᠫᠦ‍ ‍ᠭᠦ‍ Medial
‍ᠦ‍
‍ᠦ ‍ᠪᠦ ‍ᠫᠦ ‍ᠭᠦ Final
 ᠦ 3mg ouöü final.PNG  ᠦᠨ 3mg td final.png Separated suffix


ᠦ‍
Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /u/;[5][23] Khalkha /u/, /ə/, and //.[15]:40–42

Written identically to ö in native words;[10]:20[11]:9 distinction depending on context.

‍ᠦ᠋ = an older final form; also used in loanwords.[16]:105

The first medial form is used in the first syllable of native words,[24]:546 and in subsequent medial positions of loanwords.

Derived from old uyghur waw, in a digraph with yodh in word-initial syllables; preceded by an aleph for isolate and initial forms.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

EE
ē Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
е фе ке ке Cyrillic transliteration
ᠹᠧ ᠺᠧ ᠻᠧ Isolate
ᠧ‍ ᠹᠧ‍ ᠺᠧ‍ ᠻᠧ‍ Initial
‍ᠧ‍ ‍ᠹᠧ‍ ‍ᠺᠧ‍ ‍ᠻᠧ‍ Medial
‍ᠧ ‍ᠹᠧ ‍ᠺᠧ ‍ᠻᠧ Final

Stands in for e in loanwords.[16]:104, 108[23]

Consonants[edit]

NA
n n‑a, n‑e ‑n ‑nu, ‑nü Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
н на, нэ н ну, нү Cyrillic transliteration
ᠨ‍ Initial
‍ᠨ‍ Medial
‍ᠨ᠋‍
‍ᠨ ‍ᠨ᠎ᠠ 3mg n2 final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png Final
 ᠨ‍  ᠨᠤ‍ Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /n/;[5][23] Khalkha /n/, and /ŋ/.[15]:40–42

Distinction from other tooth-shaped letters by position in syllable sequence.

Dotted before a vowel (attached or separated); undotted before a consonant (syllable-final) or a white space.[10]:20[24]:546[12]:6[5] Final dotted n is also found in modern mongolian words.[16]:101 Historically also consistently undotted (ᠨ᠋‍ etc).[10]:20[25]:114[16]:97

Derived from old uyghur nun.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 114[16]:98

ANG
ng Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
нг Cyrillic transliteration
Initial
‍ᠩ‍ Medial
‍ᠩ Final

Transcribes Chakhar /ŋ/;[5][23] Khalkha /ŋ/.[15]:40–42

Not occurring word-initially.[10]:15

Transcribes /ng/ in Tibetan /nga/; Sanskrit /ṅa/.[10]:28

Derived from old uyghur nun-kaph digraph.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 115[16]:98

BA
b ba, be bi bo, bu , ‑ba, ‑be Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
б ба, бэ би бо, бу бө, бү ба, бэ Cyrillic transliteration
ᠪᠠ ᠪᠢ ᠪᠣ ᠪᠥ᠋ Isolate
ᠪ‍ ᠪᠠ‍ ᠪᠢ‍ ᠪᠣ‍ ᠪᠥ‍ Initial
‍ᠪ‍ ‍ᠪᠠ‍ ‍ᠪᠢ‍ ‍ᠪᠣ‍ Medial
‍ᠪ ‍ᠪᠠ ‍ᠪᠢ ‍ᠪᠣ Final
 ᠪᠠ‍ Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /b/;[5][23] Khalkha /p/, /w/, and //.[15]:40–42

For Classical Mongolian, latin v is used only for transcribing foreign words, so most в (v) in Cyrillic Mongolian correspond to б (b) in Classical Mongolian.

‍ᠪ᠋ = an alternative/older final form.[11]:58[16]:100, 105[28]:4

Derived from old uyghur pe.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 115[16]:98

PA
p pa, pe pi po, pu , Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
п па, пэ пи по, пу пө, пү Cyrillic transliteration
ᠫᠠ ᠫᠢ ᠫᠣ ᠫᠥ᠋ Isolate
ᠫ‍ ᠫᠠ‍ ᠫᠢ‍ ᠫᠣ‍ ᠫᠥ‍ Initial
‍ᠫ‍ ‍ᠫᠠ‍ ‍ᠫᠢ‍ ‍ᠫᠣ‍ Medial
(‍ᠫ) ‍ᠫᠠ ‍ᠫᠢ ‍ᠫᠣ Final

Transcribes Chakhar /p/;[5][23] Khalkha //.[15]:40–42

Only at the beginning of Mongolian words (although words with an initial p tend to be foreign).[18]:5[22]:27[5]

Not occurring word- or syllable-finally.[10]:15[12]:27, 28[5]

Transcribes /p/ in Tibetan /pa/.[29]:(ᢒ?) 96, 155, 247[10]:28

Galik letter, derived from Mongolian b.[16]:98

QA (1/2)
q q‑a Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
х ха Cyrillic transliteration
Initial
‍ᠬ‍ Medial
‍ᠬ᠎ᠠ 3mg q final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png Final

Transcribes Chakhar /x/;[5][23] Khalkha /x/.

Only in words with back a, o, and u vowels.[10]:15[11]:10

Distinction from other tooth-shaped letters by position in syllable sequence. Not occurring word- or syllable-finally.[10]:15[12]:27, 28[5]

Variously dotted/undotted, or written kaph-shaped as an initial in early ortography.[25]:114

Derived from merger of old uyghur gimel and heth.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113–115[16]:98

QA (2/2)
ke ki , Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
хэ хи хө, хү Cyrillic transliteration
ᠬᠡ ᠬᠢ ᠬᠦ w/o tail Isolate
ᠬᠦ᠋ w/ tail
ᠬᠡ‍ ᠬᠢ‍ ᠬᠦ‍ Initial
‍ᠬᠡ‍ ‍ᠬᠢ‍ ‍ᠬᠦ‍ Medial
‍ᠬᠡ ‍ᠬᠢ ‍ᠬᠦ Final
 ᠬᠢ Separated suffix
 ᠬᠢ‍ Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /x/;[5][23] Khalkha /x/.

Only in words with neutral i and front e, ö, and ü vowels.[10]:15[11]:10

Undistinguished from GA-g.[10]:15, 24[11]:9

Not occurring word- or syllable-finally.[10]:15[12]:27, 28[5]

Derived from old uyghur kaph.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113, 115[16]:98

GA (1/2)
γ γ‑a Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
г га Cyrillic transliteration
Initial
‍ᠭ‍ Medial
‍ᠭ᠋‍
‍ᠭ ‍ᠭ᠎ᠠ 3mg gh1 final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png Final

Transcribes Chakhar /ɣ/;[5] Khalkha /ɢ/, and //.[15]:40–42

Only in words with back a, o, and u vowels.[10]:15[11]:10

Dotted before a vowel (attached or separated); undotted before a consonant (syllable-final) or a white space.[10]:21[24]:546[12]:5[5]

May turn silent between two adjacent vowels, and merge these into a long vowel or diphtong.[10]:36–37[11][16]:49 Qaγan (ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ) 'Khagan' for instance, is read as Qaan unless reading classical literary Mongolian. Some exceptions like tsa-g-aan 'white' exist.

Historically also undotted,.[10]:21[25]:114[16]:97

Also transliterated with latin ɣ.[28]

Derived from old uyghur gimel-heth.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113–115[16]:98

GA (2/2)
g ge gi , Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
г гэ ги гө, гү Cyrillic transliteration
ᠭᠡ ᠭᠢ ᠭᠦ w/o tail Isolate
ᠭᠦ᠋ w/ tail
(⟨Mg g initial.png⟩) ᠭᠡ‍ ᠭᠢ‍ ᠭᠦ‍ Initial
‍ᠭ᠍‍ 2mg g medial.png ‍ᠭᠡ‍ ‍ᠭᠢ‍ ‍ᠭᠦ‍ Medial
‍ᠭ᠋ 3mg g final.png ‍ᠭᠡ ‍ᠬᠢ ‍ᠭᠦ Final

Transcribes Chakhar /g/;[5][23] Khalkha /g/.

Only in words with neutral i and front e, ö, and ü vowels.[10]:15[11]:10

Undistinguished from QA-k.[10]:15, 24[11]:9

Not occurring word-initially with a consonant following it, except in loanwords as in ᠭᠱᠠᠨ gšan 'moment', or ᠭᠷᠠᠮᠮ gramm 'gram'.[10]:15, 32, 34[30] The final form is also found written like manchu final ‍ᡴ᠋ k.[31][16]:104

May turn silent between two adjacent vowels, and merge these into a long vowel or diphtong.[10]:36–37[11][16]:49 Deger for instance, is read as deer. Some exceptions like ügüi 'no' exist.

Derived from old uyghur kaph.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113, 115[16]:98

MA
m m‑a, m‑e ‑m Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
м ма, мэ м Cyrillic transliteration
ᠮ‍ Initial
‍ᠮ‍ Medial
‍ᠮ ‍ᠮ᠎ᠠ 3mg m final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png Final
 ᠮ‍ Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /m/;[5][23] Khalkha /m/.[15]:40–42

Mongolian script ml ligature.svg = ml (‍ᠮᠯ‍) written as a medial ligature.[6]:029[10]:24, 36[11]:58[24]:546[16]:100

Derived from old uyghur mem.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

LA
l l‑a, l‑e ‑l Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
л ла, лэ л Cyrillic transliteration
(ᠯ‍) Initial
‍ᠯ‍ Medial
‍ᠯ ‍ᠯ᠎ᠠ 3mg l final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png Final
 ᠯ‍ Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /l/;[5][23] Khalkha /ɮ/.[15]:40–42

Not occurring word-initially in native words.[11]:10

Forms a ligature with a preceding "bow"-shaped consonant in loanwords such as ᠪᠯᠠᠮ᠎ᠠ blam-a 'lama' from tibetan བླ་མ་ Wylie: bla-ma.[10]:15, 32[16]:100

Derived from old uyghur hooked resh.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

SA
s s‑a, s‑e Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
с са, сэ Cyrillic transliteration
ᠰ‍ Initial
‍ᠰ‍ Medial
‍ᠰ ‍ᠰ᠎ᠠ 3mg s final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png Final

Transcribes Chakhar /s/, or /ʃ/ before i;[11]:58[5] Khalkha /s/, or /ʃ/ before i.

‍ᠰ᠋ = an older final variant form for /s/ derived from old uyghur zayin (example from the Stele of Yisüngge (ru): ᠴᠢᠩᠭᠢᠰ᠋ Činggis 'Genghis').[10]:23[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113–114[16]:98

Derived from merger of old uyghur samekh and shin.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

SHA
š Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
ш Cyrillic transliteration
ᠱ‍ Initial
‍ᠱ‍ Medial
(‍ᠱ) Final

Transcribes Chakhar /ʃ/;[5][23] Khalkha /ʃ/.

Historically also undotted.[10]:20[25]:114[16]:97

Final š is only found in modern mongolian words.[10]:15[16]:101

Derived from old uyghur samekh-shin.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113–114[16]:98

TA
t ‑t Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
т т Cyrillic transliteration
ᠲ‍ Initial
‍ᠲ‍ Medial
 ᠲ‍ Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /t/;[5][23] Khalkha /t/.[15]:40–42

Syllable-initially undistinguished from d in native words.[10]:23[11]:9[5]

Not occurring word- or syllable-finally.[10]:15[12]:27, 28[5]

Derived from old uyghur taw, and lamedh (initial, and medial form respectively).[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

Positional variants on tawᠲ‍/‍ᠲ᠋‍/‍ᠲ⟩ are used consistently for t in foreign words.[10]:23[16]:101, 104

The lamedh glyph may appear with a diagonal oval shape in handwriting, similar in form to galik TA ,[6]:096[32][33] or more angular and closer in shape to galik DA in older texts.[6]

DA
d ‑d Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
д д Cyrillic transliteration
ᠳ‍ Initial
‍ᠳ‍ Medial
‍ᠳ᠋‍
‍ᠳ Final
 ᠳ‍ 2mg td2 medial.png Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /d/;[5][23] Khalkha /t/, and //.[15]:40–42

Syllable-initially undistinguished from t in native words.[10]:23[11]:9[5] To distinguish it medially, it can be written twice, as in ᠬᠤᠳᠳᠤᠭ qudduγ.[11]:59.[30]

The belly-tooth-shaped form is used before consonants (syllable-final), the other before vowels.[11]:58[12]:5

Derived from old uyghur taw, and lamedh (initial / belly-tooth-shaped medial / final, and other medial form respectively).[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

Positional variants on lamedhᠳ᠋‍/‍ᠲ‍/‍ᠳ᠋⟩ are used consistently for d in foreign words.[10]:23

The lamedh glyph may appear with a diagonal oval shape in handwriting, similar in form to galik TA ,[6]:096[32][33][34] or more angular and closer in shape to galik DA in older texts.[6]

CHA
č Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
ч Cyrillic transliteration
ᠴ‍ Initial
‍ᠴ‍ Medial
(‍ᠴ) Final

Transcribes Chakhar /t͡ʃ/;[5][23] Khalkha /t͡ʃʰ/, or /t͡sʰ/ (also transliterated with cyrillic ц).[5]:§1.2[18]:2 Distinction between /t͡ʃʰ/ and /t͡sʰ/ in Khalkha Mongolian.

Not occurring word- or syllable-finally.[10]:15[12]:27, 28[5]

Derived from old uyghur tsade, and in the 17th–18th century Classical Mongolian language distinguished from medial ǰ ‍ᠵ‍ through its more angular form.[11]:59[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

JA
ǰ ǰ‑a ‑ǰ‑a Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
ж жа жа Cyrillic transliteration
ᠵ᠎ᠠ 3mg iy final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png Isolate
ᠵ‍ Initial
‍ᠵ‍ Medial
(‍ᠵ‌) Final
 ᠵ᠎ᠠ 3mg iy final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png Separated final

Transcribes Chakhar /d͡ʒ/;[5][23] Khalkha /d͡ʒ/, or d͡z (also transliterated with cyrillic з).[5]:§1.2[18]:2 Distinction by context between /d͡ʒ/ and /d͡z/ in Khalkha Mongolian.

Not occurring word- or syllable-finally.[10]:15[12]:27, 28[5]

Also transliterated with latin j.[28]

Derived from old uyghur yodh (initial) and tsade (medial), and in the 17th–18th century Classical Mongolian language distinguished from medial č through its less angular form.[11]:59[24]:545[16]:98

YA
y y‑a, y‑e ‑y Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
й йа, йэ й Cyrillic transliteration
ᠶ‍ Mg y initial.png Initial
ᠶ᠋‍ Mg j initial.png
‍ᠶ‍ Mg j initial.png Medial
‍ᠶ᠋‍ Mg y initial.png
‍ᠶ᠎ᠠ 3mg iy final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png Final
 ᠶ‍ Mg j initial.png Separated suffix-initial

Transcribes Chakhar /j/;[5][23] Khalkha /j/.[15]:40–42

The second unhooked initial and medial forms are older ones.[24]:545, 546[16]:108

Derived from old uyghur yodh, and in the 19th century distinguished from initial ǰ by the borrowing of manchu hooked yodh.[24]:545[11]:59

RA
r r‑a, r‑e Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
р ра, рэ Cyrillic transliteration
(ᠷ‍) Initial
‍ᠷ‍ Medial
‍ᠷ ‍ᠷ᠎ᠠ 3mg r final.png3mg ae2 final 2.png Final

Transcribes Chakhar /r/;[5][23] Khalkha /r/.[15]:40–42

Not occurring word-initially except in loanwords.[10]:14 Transcribed foreign words usually get a vowel prepended; transcribing Русь (Russia) results in ᠣᠷᠤᠰ Oros.

Derived from old uyghur resh.[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:98

Consonants for foreign words[edit]

WA
w w‑a, w‑e Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
в ва, вэ Cyrillic transliteration
ᠸ‍ Initial
‍ᠸ‍ Medial
‍ᠸ ‍ᠧ ‍ᠸ᠎ᠠ 3mg ouöü final.PNG3mg ae2 final 2.png Final

Transcribes Chakhar /w/;[5][23]

Used to transcribe foreign words (originally for v in Sanskrit /va/). Transcribes /w/ in Tibetan ཝ /wa/;[29]:254[10]:28[25]:113 old uyghur and chinese loanwords.[16]:113

[16]:104

Also transliterated with latin v.[28]

Derived from old uyghur bet,[24]:539–540, 545–546[25]:111, 113[16]:97 and "waw" (before a separated vowel).

FA
f fa fi fo Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
ф фа фе фи фо фү Cyrillic transliteration
ᠹᠠ ᠹᠧ ᠹᠢ ᠹᠣ ᠹᠦ᠋ Isolate
ᠹ‍ ᠹᠠ‍ ᠹᠧ‍ ᠹᠢ‍ ᠹᠣ‍ ᠹᠦ‍ Initial
‍ᠹ‍ ‍ᠹᠠ‍ ‍ᠹᠧ‍ ‍ᠹᠢ‍ ‍ᠹᠣ‍ ‍ᠹᠦ᠋‍ Medial
‍ᠹ ‍ᠹᠠ ‍ᠹᠧ ‍ᠹᠢ ‍ᠹᠣ ‍ᠹᠦ᠋ Final

Transcribes Chakhar /f/;[5][23]

Used to transcribe foreign words.

Transcribes /pʰ/ in Tibetan /pʰa/.[29]:96, 247[10]:28

Galik letter, derived from Mongolian b.[16]:98

KA
g ga gi go Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
к ка ке ки ко кү Cyrillic transliteration
ᠺᠠ ᠺᠧ ᠺᠢ ᠺᠣ ᠺᠦ᠋ w/ tail Isolate
ᠺ‍ ᠺᠠ‍ ᠺᠧ‍ ᠺᠢ‍ ᠺᠣ‍ ᠺᠦ‍ Initial
‍ᠺ‍ ‍ᠺᠠ‍ ‍ᠺᠧ‍ ‍ᠺᠢ‍ ‍ᠺᠣ‍ ‍ᠺᠦ᠋‍ w/ yodh Medial
‍ᠺ ‍ᠺᠠ ‍ᠺᠧ ‍ᠺᠢ ‍ᠺᠣ ‍ᠺᠦ᠋ w/ tail Final

Transcribes Chakhar /k/;[5][23]

Also transliterated with latin k.[28]

Used to transcribe foreign words (originally for g in Tibetan /ga/; Sanskrit /ga/).[29]:87, 244, 251[10]:28

Galik letter.[11]:59–60

KHA
k ka ki ko Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
к ка ке ки ко кү Cyrillic transliteration
ᠻᠠ ᠻᠧ ᠻᠢ ᠻᠣ ᠻᠦ᠋ Isolate
ᠻ‍ ᠻᠠ‍ ᠻᠧ‍ ᠻᠢ‍ ᠻᠣ‍ ᠻᠦ‍ Initial
‍ᠻ‍ ‍ᠻᠠ‍ ‍ᠻᠧ‍ ‍ᠻᠢ‍ ‍ᠻᠣ‍ ‍ᠻᠦ᠋‍ Medial
‍ᠻ ‍ᠻᠠ ‍ᠻᠧ ‍ᠻᠢ ‍ᠻᠣ ‍ᠻᠦ᠋ Final

Also transliterated with latin kh.[28]

Used to transcribe foreign words (originally for in Tibetan /kʰa/; Sanskrit /kha/).[29]:86, 244, 251[10]:28


TSA
c Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
ц Cyrillic transliteration
ᠼ‍ Initial
‍ᠼ‍ Medial
‍ᠼ Final

Transcribes Chakhar /t͡s/;[5][23]

Used to transcribe foreign words (originally for tsʰ in Tibetan /tsʰa/; Sanskrit /cha/).[29]:89, 144, 245, 254[10]:28

Galik letter, derived from Preclassical Mongolian tsade č/ǰ‍ᠴ‍~‍ᠵ‍.[16]:98

ZA
z Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
з Cyrillic transliteration
ᠽ‍ Initial
‍ᠽ‍ Medial
‍ᠽ Final

Transcribes Chakhar /d͡z/;[5][23]

Used to transcribe foreign words (originally for dz in Tibetan /dza/; Sanskrit /ja/).[29]:89, 144, 245, 254[10]:28

Galik letter, derived from Preclassical Mongolian tsade č/ǰ‍ᠴ‍~‍ᠵ‍.[16]:98

HAA
h Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
х Cyrillic transliteration
ᠾ‍ Initial
‍ᠾ‍ Medial
‍ᠾ‌ Final

Transcribes Chakhar /h/[x];[5][23]

Used to transcribe foreign words (originally for h in Tibetan /ha/, /-ha/; Sanskrit /ha/).[29]:69, 102, 194, 244–249, 255[10]:27–28[11]:59

Galik letter;[11]:59[16]:98 preceded by an "aleph" for initial form.[11]:59[16]:98

ZRA
ž Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
ж Cyrillic transliteration
ᠿ‍ Initial
Medial
Final

Transcribes Chakhar /ʐ/;[5][23]

Transcribes Chinese r /ɻ/ ([ɻ ~ ʐ]),[a] as in ri 日 – used in Inner Mongolia. Always followed by an i.[23]

Transliterates /ʒ/ in Tibetan /ʒa/.[29]:254 (紗)

LHA
lh Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
лх Cyrillic transliteration
ᡀ‍ Initial
‍ᡀ‍ Medial
Final

Transcribes Tibetan lh. Example: ᡀᠠᠰᠠ Lhasa.[23][36]

Digraph composed of l and h.[22]:30 Transcribes /lh/ in Tibetan ལྷ /lha/.[29]:220[10]:27

ZHI
zh Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
з Cyrillic transliteration
ᡁ‍ Initial
Medial
Final

Transcribes zh in the Chinese syllable zhi – used in Inner Mongolia.[16]:105[23]

Galik letter.[16]:98

CHI
ch Scholarly/​Scientific transliteration
ч Cyrillic transliteration
ᡂ‍ Initial
Medial
Final

Transcribes ch in the Chinese syllable chi (as in Chī) – used in Inner Mongolia.[29]:91, 145, 153, 246[10]:28[23]

Notes:

  1. ^ Lee & Zee (2003) and Lin (2007) transcribe these as approximants, while Duanmu (2007) transcribes these as voiced fricatives. The actual pronunciation has been acoustically measured to be more approximant-like.[35]

Punctuation[edit]

Punctuation[10]:28[37]:30[28]:3[17]:28,29[30]
Form(s) Name Function(s)
бярга byarga /
ᠪᠢᠷᠬ᠎ᠠ birγ-a
Marks start of a book, chapter, passage, or first line
᠀᠋
᠀᠌
᠀᠍
[...]
Цуваа цэг tsuvaa tseg /
ᠴᠤᠪᠤᠬ᠎ᠠ ᠴᠡᠭ čubuγ-a čeg
Ellipsis
Цэг tseg /
ᠴᠡᠭ čeg
Comma
Давхар цэг davkhar tseg /
ᠳᠠᠪᠬᠤᠷ ᠴᠡᠭ dabqur čeg
Period / full stop
Хос цэг Colon
Дөрвөлжин цэг dörvöljin tseg /
ᠳᠥᠷᠪᠡᠯᠵᠢᠨ ᠴᠡᠭ dörbelǰin čeg
Marks end of a passage, paragraph, or chapter
Нуруу nuruu /
ᠨᠢᠷᠤᠭᠤ niruγu
(Non-breaking) hyphen, or stem extender

Examples[edit]

Manuscript Type Unicode Transliteration
(first word)
Mclassical mimic.jpg Wikiclassicalmongol.svg ᠸᠢᠺᠢᠫᠧᠳᠢᠶᠠ᠂ ᠴᠢᠯᠦᠭᠡᠲᠦ ᠨᠡᠪᠲᠡᠷᠬᠡᠢ ᠲᠣᠯᠢ ᠪᠢᠴᠢᠭ ᠪᠣᠯᠠᠢ᠃ ᠸ‍ w/v
‍ᠢ‍ i
‍ᠺᠢ‍ gi/ki
‍ᠫᠧ‍ /
‍ᠲ‍‍ d
‍ᠢ‍ i
‍‍ᠶ‍ y
‍ᠠ a
  • Transliteration: Wikipēdiya čilügetü nebterkei toli bičig bolai.
  • Cyrillic: Википедиа чөлөөт нэвтэрхий толь бичиг болой.
  • Transcription: Vikipedia chölööt nevterkhii toli bichig boloi.
  • Gloss: Wikipedia free omni-profound mirror scripture is.
  • Translation: Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia.
Mongolian Wikipedia preview. A representation of what mn.wiki would look like if Mongolian script support was properly implemented. Mn.wiki already exists, but support has not been implemented. Not all text is "real Mongolian" — only the actual text of the article, and the name thereof.

Child systems[edit]

The Mongol script has been the basis of alphabets for several languages. First, after overcoming the Uyghur script ductus, it was used for Mongolian itself.

Clear script (Oirat alphabet)[edit]

In 1648, the Oirat Buddhist monk Zaya-pandita Namkhaijamco created this variation with the goals of bringing the written language closer to the actual pronunciation of Oirat and making it easier to transcribe Tibetan and Sanskrit. The script was used by the Kalmyks of Russia until 1924, when it was replaced by the Cyrillic alphabet. In Xinjiang, China, the Oirat people still use it.

Manchu alphabet[edit]

The Manchu alphabet was developed from the Mongolian script in the early 17th century to write the Manchu language. A variant is still used to write Xibe. It is also used for Daur. Its folded variant may for example be found on Chinese Qing seals.

Vagindra alphabet[edit]

Another alphabet, sometimes called Vagindra or Vaghintara, was created in 1905 by the Buryat monk Agvan Dorjiev (1854–1938). It was also meant to reduce ambiguity, and to support the Russian language in addition to Mongolian. The most significant change, however, was the elimination of the positional shape variations. All letters were based on the medial variant of the original Mongol alphabet. Fewer than a dozen books were printed using it.[citation needed]

Evenki alphabet[edit]

The Qing dynasty Qianlong Emperor erroneously identified the Khitan people and their language with the Solons, leading him to use the Solon language (Evenki) to "correct" Chinese character transcriptions of Khitan names in the History of Liao in his "Imperial Liao Jin Yuan Three Histories National Language Explanation" (欽定遼金元三史國語解/钦定辽金元三史国语解 Qīndìng Liáo Jīn Yuán Sānshǐ Guóyǔjiě) project. The Evenki words were written in the Manchu script in this work.

In the 1980s, an experimental alphabet for Evenki was created.

Additional characters[edit]

Galik characters[edit]

In 1587, the translator and scholar Ayuush Güüsh (Аюуш гүүш) created the Galik alphabet (Али-гали), inspired by the third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso. It primarily added extra characters for transcribing Tibetan and Sanskrit terms when translating religious texts, and later also from Chinese. Some of those characters are still in use today for writing foreign names (compare table above).[38]

Unicode[edit]

Mongolian script was added to the Unicode Standard in September 1999 with the release of version 3.0.

Blocks[edit]

The Unicode block for Mongolian is U+1800–U+18AF. It includes letters, digits and various punctuation marks for Hudum Mongolian, Todo Mongolian, Xibe (Manchu), Manchu proper, and Ali Gali, as well as extensions for transcribing Sanskrit and Tibetan.

Mongolian[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+180x FV
 S1 
FV
 S2 
FV
 S3 
 MV 
S
U+181x
U+182x
U+183x
U+184x
U+185x
U+186x
U+187x
U+188x
U+189x
U+18Ax
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 11.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

The Mongolian Supplement block (U+11660–U+1167F) was added to the Unicode Standard in June, 2016 with the release of version 9.0:

Mongolian Supplement[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+1166x 𑙠 𑙡 𑙢 𑙣 𑙤 𑙥 𑙦 𑙧 𑙨 𑙩 𑙪 𑙫 𑙬
U+1167x
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 11.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

Font issues[edit]

Although the Mongolian script has been defined in Unicode since 1999, there was no native support for Unicode Mongolian from the major vendors until the release of the Windows Vista operating system in 2007 and fonts need to be installed in Windows XP and Windows 2000 to show properly, and so Unicode Mongolian is not yet widely used. In China, legacy encodings such as the Private Use Areas (PUA) Unicode mappings and GB18030 mappings of the Menksoft IMEs (espc. Menksoft Mongolian IME) are more commonly used than Unicode for writing web pages and electronic documents in Mongolian.

The inclusion of a Unicode Mongolian font and keyboard layout in Windows Vista has meant that Unicode Mongolian is now gradually becoming more popular,[citation needed] but the complexity of the Unicode Mongolian encoding model and the lack of a clear definition for the use variation selectors are still barriers to its widespread adoption, as is the lack of support for inline vertical display. As of 2015 there are no fonts that successfully display all of Mongolian correctly when written in Unicode. A report published in 2011 revealed many shortcomings with automatic rendering in all three Unicode Mongolian fonts the authors surveyed, including Microsoft's Mongolian Baiti.[39]

Furthermore, Mongolian language support has suffered from buggy implementations: the initial version of Microsoft's Mongolian Baiti font (version 5.00) was, in the supplier's own words, "almost unusable",[40] and as of 2011 there remain some minor bugs with the rendering of suffixes in Firefox.[41] Other fonts, such as MonoType's Mongol Usug and Myatav Erdenechimeg's MongolianScript, suffer even more serious bugs.[39]

In January 2013, Menksoft released several OpenType Mongolian fonts, delivered with its Menksoft Mongolian IME 2012. These fonts strictly follow Unicode standard, i.e. bichig is no longer realized as "B+I+CH+I+G+FVS2" (incorrect) but "B+I+CH+I+G" (correct), which is not done by Microsoft and Founder's Mongolian Baiti, MonoType's Mongol Usug, or Myatav Erdenechimeg's MongolianScript.[42] However, due to the impact of Mongolian Baiti, many still use the Microsoft defined incorrect realization "B+I+CH+I+G+FVS2", which results in an incorrect rendering in correctly-designed fonts like Menk Qagan Tig.

Mongolian script can be represented in LaTeX with the MonTeX package.[43]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Campbell, George L. (1997). Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780415183444.
  2. ^ a b György Kara, "Aramaic Scripts for Altaic Languages", in Daniels & Bright The World's Writing Systems, 1994.
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