Leke script is previously known as Karen Chicken Scratch script. Is used to write the Pwo Karen language and Sgaw Karen language in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand. It has 25 consonants, 17 vowels symbols and 3 tones.
Leke script has its own set of numerals: 9 numbers and one zero. It has a particular symbols list such as full stop (period) and comma in the writing system.
In traditional reading style most of the words the pronunciation came first then spelling came later. For example: (pronoun first School the “s.c.h.o.o.l” then repeat the same pronoun school again). In modern Leke script consonants come first then the vowels can following up. In writing system consonant always came first then following by vowels and tones. But just only two vowels have to apply first then consonant have to write down latter (just only for if you writing with hand). In the case of Leke script consonants are written horizontally from left to right, with vowels arranged below, above, to the left or to the right or combination of two vowels positions below of the consonants.
According to the Karen history leke script was known as Karen Chicken Scratch script. Why the earlier older Karen people was named this script as Chicken Scratch is because the story was told from generation to generation. It's said the first human lived in this planet is God's Ariya and his Seven sons in this world.
The Leke script was developed between 1830 and 1860 and is used by members of the millenarian Leke sect of Buddhism. It is believed to have borrowed from ancient Mon, based on the shapes and functions of older versions of the Burmese script. The script is also used by other Buddhists, Christians, and members of the unique Ariya religion. According to the chief Leke priest, there are over 3,200 trained teachers of the alphabet.
- "N4438: Revised proposal to add the Leke Script in the SMP of the UCS" (PDF). Working Group Document, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2 and UTC. 2013-04-26.