Re: List of languages covered by Unicode

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Thu Dec 19 1996 - 19:17:04 EST

> I posted this question to recently, but seeing that
> the replies I received were rather cryptic, I thought I should try here ..
> What languages does Unicode v2 actually cover? I have a list of scripts that
> Unicode supports, but which language does each script cover? Is there an easy
> way for me to find this out?

For the non-Latin scripts, the answers are fairly easy. See the book itself
for some information on which script covers which languages. Many are used to
write just a single language or a few. But, for example, see Devanagari (p. 6-33),
which is used to write a fairly large number of languages (Awadhi, Baheli, Bhatneri,
Bhili, Bihari, Braj Bhasha, Chhattisgarhi, Garhwali, Gondi, Harauti, Ho, Hindi,
Jaipuri, Kachchhi, Kanauji, Konkani, Kului, Kamaoni, Kurku, Kurukh, Marathi, Marwari,
Mundari, Nepali, Newari, Palpa, Sanskrit, and Santali, at least).

The Latin script has been adapted for the use in writing literally thousands of
languages of the world. Nobody has compiled the complete list. For the best
current list, try browsing the Ethnologue:

(although the Ethnologue may not indicate which of these languages are written with the
Latin script as opposed to some other script)

Since the Unicode Standard Version 2 arguably contains a complete encoding for
the Latin script base letters and combining marks, it should be usable for
*all* of those languages (4000+, in my estimate).

--Ken Whistler

> Thank you.
> Chris Moran

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