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The History of the Sundanese Script

The standard Sundanese script is a writing system that results from adjusting ancient Sundanese scripts to write contemporary Sundanese.

The standard Sundanese script is now commonly referred to as the Sundanese script.

Since the XII century, Sundanese people have actually started writing the language they use with the Sundanese script. But early in the colonial period, Sundanese people were forced by the authorities not to use the Old Sundanese Script which is one of the Sundanese cultural identities.

This situation lasted until the independence period caused the extinction of the Old Sundanese Script in the Sundanese writing tradition.

The end of the XIX Century to the middle of the XX Century, researchers such as; K. F. Holle and C. M. Pleyte, and Atja and E. S. Ekadjati, began to examine the existence of old inscriptions and texts using the Old Sundanese Script.

From previous studies, at the end of the twentieth century there began to be an awareness of the existence of a Sundanese script which is the typical identity of the Sundanese people.

Furthermore, the Regional Government of West Java Province stipulates Perda No. 6 of 1996 concerning the Preservation, Development and Development of Sundanese Language, Literature and Literacy which were later replaced by Regional Regulation No. 5 of 2003, concerning the Maintenance of Language, Literature and Regional Literacy.

Based on the Decree of the Governor of West Java Region Number 343 / SK.614-Dis.PK / 99 dated June 16, 1999, the Sundanese Script was designated and decided as the Raw Sundanese Script.

Sources: From various sources
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