Mr. Aleu Majok &
Mr. Mawan Muortat

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Joint Presentation:

Mr. Aleu Majok

TITLE: Community organizer, social innovator
SPECIALTY AREA: Indigenous writing systems

Mr. Mawan Muortat

TITLE: Engineer
SPECIALTY AREA:  Engineering and computing

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT: Nilerian Script: A Modern Writing System for the Nile Valley African Languages

Sat., 10/02/21 • 11:30am est • Session B

The Nilerian Script is an indigenous African alphabetic writing system proposed for writing Thuongjang (Dinka) and other indigenous languages of South Sudan. The creation and development of the Nilerian Script started in April, 2010. The Nilerian Script operates on a one-to-one glyph-phoneme correspondence principle regardless of the language where it is used. This makes it a highly accurate alphabetic script. The basis symbols adopted in the script are derived from traditional African plants, animals, objects, and tools commonly associated with rural African environments. A set of rules were then applied to all the symbols to achieve consistency.

The Nilerian Script addresses orthographic problems and inconsistencies prevalent in the writing of many native African languages, due to the limitations in the Latin and Arabic scripts in which these languages are written. The Nilerian Script remains to be adopted in South Sudan.

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Mr. Aleu Majok
Mr. Mawan Muortat

Mr. Aleu Majok

Biography

Mr. Aleu Majok Aaleu is a community organizer, social innovator, entrepreneur and chemical engineer with a degree from the Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Malaysia.

He invented the Nilerian script, an indigenous alphabetic writing system proposed for writing Thuongjang (Dinka) and other South Sudanese languages. Since 2015, he has collaborated with Mawan Muortat on the study of Thuongjang linguistics, grammar and development of the Nilerian script, resulting in its current shape and development of its computer keyboard.

Mr. Mawan Muortat

Biography

Mr. Mawan Gordon Muortat is a systems engineer, systems developer, and provides systems support. He possesses a BSc in Agriculture, MSc in Animal Production, and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing. 

He collaborates with Mr. Aleu Majok Aleu, creator of the Nilerian Script, to design the Nilerian typeface and PC keyboard. Driven by a deep passion for preserving Nilotic culture.  He was a Culture and Language Consultant in the film “Hit House.” He is the editor and designer of “South Sudan Footprints, RBC-TV.”

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