N'Ko script

N'Ko (N'Ko: ߒߞߏ) is a script devised by Solomana Kante in 1949, as a modern writing system for the Mandé languages of West Africa.[1][2] The term N'Ko, which means I say in all Mandé languages, is also used for the Mandé literary standard written in N'Ko script.

N'Ko
ߒߞߏ
Script type
Alphabet
CreatorSolomana Kante
Time period
1949–present
Directionright-to-left script 
LanguagesN'Ko, Manding languages (Mandingo, Maninka,
Bambara, Dyula)
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Nkoo (165), N’Ko
Unicode
Unicode alias
NKo
U+07C0–U+07FF
 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 has a few similarities to the Arabic script, notably its direction (right-to-left) and the letters which are connected at the base. Unlike Arabic, it is obligatory to mark both tone and vowels. N'Ko tones are marked as diacritics, in a similar manner to the marking of some vowels in Arabic.


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