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The Writing System

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For a long time, Sunwar was an unwritten language. The discussion in which script the Sunwar language should be written is still going on in the Sunuvār Sevā Samāj, the ‘Sunwar Welfare Society’ in Patan. The script currently used for writing Sunwar is the same as that employed for written Nepali, namely devanāgarī. Publications of Sunwar texts written in devanāgarī are still rare and most are translations. Most Sunwar are fully bilingual with Nepali and experience Nepali as a spoken rather than as a written language. Written examples are quoted in devanāgarī exactly in the form in which they appear in the source cited. The majority of examples of written Sunwar cited in the grammar comes from Lokpriya Sunuvār.

Keywords: devanāgarī script; Lokpriya Sunuvār; Nepali speakers; written Sunwar



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