Standardizing Raglai ethnic people’s scripts

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NDO – Vice Chairman of Ninh Thuan People's Committee Le Van Binh has just signed Decision No. 383/QD-UBND approving the "Raglai ethnic group’s script in Ninh Thuan Province", while at the same time, deploying a plan to apply the Raglai ethnic scripts in cultural and educational activities, contributing to preserving and promoting the value of Raglai ethnic minority people’ culture in the province.

Specifically, the Raglai script in Latin script consists of 26 letters with 20 consonants and six vowels. Of which, 20 letters read like Vietnamese and the six letters of C, D, J, W, Y, Z have a different reading convention than in Vietnamese to match the phonetics of Raglai voices.

The Raglai writing set is the result of a scientific project "Building Raglai scripts and compiling Raglai learning books in Ninh Thuan" by Ninh Thuan Province and the Institute of Linguistics, along with the contribution of the expertise of Raglai language experts, cultural researchers, and education.

According to Le Van Binh, the introduction of Raglai ethnic scripts has important meaning in practice, effectively serving the collection, research, preservation of the culture and language of Raglai people. In addition, the standardization of Raglai scripts creates conditions for the people to understand the Party's guidelines and policies, the laws of the State, preserving and promoting the beautiful traditional cultural values of nation.

The Provincial People's Committee directs departments, branches and localities to coordinate with related units to bring Raglai scripts to life.

Ninh Thuan province currently has more than 72,200 Raglai people who are living mainly in the districts of Bac Ai, Ninh Son, Thuan Bac, Ninh Hai and Thuan Nam. Raglai people have a rich treasure of cultural heritage, but due to traditional oral folk culture, very few people can read and write their own ethnic language today.