Tibetan (བོད་སྐད་) is the language mainly spoken in Tibetan Plateau including Tibet, some areas in QingHai, Sichuang province of China as well as in Kashmir, Nepal, Bhutan.
Standard Tibetan is written using the Tibetan script, which is one of many scripts derived from the ancient Brahmi system. It is categorized as an abugida, meaning that unlike alphabets such as Greek or Latin, is not written with complete vowels. The 30 consonants of Tibetan are written in full, and vowels are represented with the use of diacritics which modify the consonant letter. Tibetan script makes extensive use of ligatures, which combine different consonant letters into one symbol, and in many cases result in entirely different sounds. Tibetan does not distinguish between upper and lower case. Traditionally the development of the Tibetan script is attributed to Thonmi Sambhota, who was sent to India in the 7th century CE to study writing and based the new writing system on Brahmi or the related Gupta script.
East Asian languages all have profound traditions of calligraphy and there is no exception for Tibetan. The difference is that Tibetan calligraphy is performed with a reed pen but not a brush as in Chinese or Japanese calligraphy. There are various styles of calligraphy in Tibet. Two of the most frequently seen are U-chan and U-me. U-chan is the most basic form of Tibetan writing and is frequently used in prints due to its clarity. U-me is a cursive script that lacks horizontal lines on the top of letters.
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