This is an ever-growing list of existing resources that many native speakers of the Santali language and Ol chiki alphabet would need—including input tools and mobile apps, character encoding converters, Santali Wikipedia, Ol chiki fonts among others.
Santali is one of the indigenous languages that is spoken by roughly about 7.6 million people (including 6.9 million native speakers in India. Census 2011) that live mostly the eastern/northeastern states of India ( Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Mizoram, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal) and the Santali diaspora living in Nepal, Bangladesh and elsewhere. The official writing system for Santali is Ol chiki/Ol cemet’ (Unicode range: 1C50–1C7F; see progress of recent changes), a non-abugida script that was developed by Pandit Raghunath Murmu in 1925. Santali is one of the very few languages that are a part of the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution (see provincial distribution). Despite of inclusion of the language in the elementary education system in Indian states including Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal, the written and online use of the language have a long way to go. But there are some really dedicated individuals who are constantly striving to put their language on the world map.
We started this page to celebrate the Santali Wikipedia finally went live at https://sat.wikipedia.org in August 2018. Many congratulations all Santali Wikipedians whose tiresless effort made this possible. Some of us at O Foundation were involved (in our capacity as Wikimedians and professionally in previous jobs, all beyond O Foundation) in the past particularly with building the input tools, font, and organizing outreach, and it is a very emotional moment for us to celebrate. So, we thought of celebrating this success with a small list (but growing) list of resources that would be useful for the Santali readers online, and hopefully will help them contribute to Santali Wikipedia.
- GBoard by Google
- Indic Keyboard Swalekh Flip
- Multiling O Keyboard + emoji
- Santali keyboard (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
- Santali notepad
- Santali calendar 2018
- Khobor Kagoj, online version of the Santali newspaper with same name
- Ol chiki input tool to type in Santali (developed by Jnanaranjan Sahu, Nasim Ali and Subhashish Panigrahi, see project page—commissioned by Centre for Internet Society’s Access to Knowledge program)
- Openly-licensed Unicode fonts:
- Legacy fonts (not Unicode):
Santali resources online:
- Santali Wikipedia, an open online encyclopedia in Santali where anyone can contribute reliable information
- Santali dictionary “Sarala (tribhasi) Bhasha Sikshyana Pustika (Santali)” by Special Development Council, Mayurbhanj, Planning & Convergence Department, Government of Odisha
- Technical blog for Santali/Ol chiki. Ol Chiki Tech
- Technical resources by OFDN
- Linguistic resources on Santali language/Ol chiki writing system:
- ISO 639-2 code “SAT” . Library of Congress
- ScriptSource (script description)
- Santhali. Ethnologue
- Spoken L1 Language: Santali. Glottolog
- OLAC resources in and about the Santali language
- Romanization Tables at Library of Congress (see full list)
- The Language Archive
- Zide, Norman. “Three Munda Scripts“. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. Volume 22.2 – Fall 1999. University of Chicago.
- Recording of biblical verses. Global Recordings Network
- Santali Localization. Andovar
- We Santhals, a portal for Santali language, people and culture
- Syllabus for UGC NET Santali, Dec 2013 (in Devanagari)
This is a work in progress and we will keep adding more resources over time. If you know about some useful resources, please let us know here, and we will be happy to add them.