Two of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) albeit mistaken concern Nilerian as a language or an alphabet for writing one particular language in South Sudan. In fact none of them is correct. Nilerian (or more precisely Nilerian script) is a new writing system purposed to write indigenous languages in Nileria (Nile area or Nile Valley) and the rest of Africa but with immediate focus in the two Sudans. The difference between a script and an alphabet is that the latter is derived from the former and that an alphabet may contain less/more characters than its mother script. For Nilerian script, none of the languages in the Nile Valley uses all of its current 228 characters; 50 consonants, 28 Basic vowels, 140 tonal vowels (high tone, mid tone, low tone, rising tone and falling tone) and 10 numerals.
While most of the existing scripts such as Latin and Arabic were primarily developed specifically for those respective languages, a few scripts, such as Nilerian, were developed, right from the beginning, for the purpose of writing more than one language. Cyrillic script, good example, was developed to write Slavic languages in Eastern Europe and is now used to write more than 50 languages in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Similarly, Nilerian script serves the purpose of writing indigenous African languages (especially the underdeveloped ones) in the Nile Valley, Africa and beyond. Click background or milestones to read about Nilerian background history and project team to read about current developments in Nilerian script.
From 228 characters of Nilerian script, two types of keyboards (A and B) have been designated for design to fully accommodate all the Nilerian script characters on keyboard. Based on phonetics and phonemics, Keyboard Type A consists of Nilo-Sarahan languages (mostly of Western and Eastern branches) while Keyboard Type B comprises Niger-Congo (Bantu) and Nilo-Saharan languages of Central branch (Central Sudanic). Each keyboard type has two versions (for now), Version 1.0 which has no tonal marks and Version 1.1 which has tonal marks. These constitute Nilerian V1.0A, Nilerian V1.1A, Nilerian V1.0B and Nilerian V1.1B. Below are Nilerian V1.0A and Nilerian V1.0B. The Latin letters are the equivalents of the Nilerian letters above them. Numbers show alphabetical order as established in Nilerian script.
These versions shall all be designed and implemented on computer and smartphone platforms and for different operating systems (Windows, Linux, Android, IOs, etc) to meet user demand and ease of learning. So, far Nilerian V1.0A for Windows has been successfully designed. However, with Nilerian V1.0A, other languages are still covered based on their existing alphabets and orthographies. That is, temporarily continuing to write some phonemes with multiple Nilerian letters as is now done with Latin letters, for example Mv, Gb, etc as in Mvolo and Gbatala. Once Nilerian V1.0B is designed, Mv and Gb will be written with a single letter as now defined in Nilerian script.