The Info List - IAST

The International Alphabet of Sanskrit
(I.A.S.T.) is a transliteration scheme that allows the lossless romanization of Indic scripts as employed by Sanskrit
and related Indic languages. It is based on a scheme that emerged during the nineteenth century from suggestions by Charles Trevelyan, William Jones, Monier Monier-Williams and other scholars, and formalised by the Transliteration
Committee of the Geneva Oriental Congress, in September 1894.[1] IAST makes it possible for the reader to read the Indic text unambiguously, exactly as if it were in the original Indic script. It is this faithfulness to the original scripts that accounts for its continuing popularity amongst scholars.


1 Use 2 Inventory and conventions 3 Comparison with ISO 15919 4 Computer input by alternative keyboard layout 5 Computer input by selection from a screen 6 Font
support 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Use[edit] University scholars commonly use IAST in publications that cite textual material in Sanskrit, Pāḷi
and other classical Indian languages. IAST is also used for major e-text repositories such as SARIT, Muktabodha, GRETIL, and sanskritdocuments.org. The IAST scheme represents more than a century of scholarly usage in books and journals on classical Indian studies. By contrast, the ISO 15919 standard for transliterating Indic scripts emerged in 2001 from the standards and library worlds; it includes solutions to problems such as representing Old Indo-Aryan and New Indo-Aryan languages side by side in library catalogues, etc. For the most part, ISO 15919 follows the IAST scheme, departing from it only in minor ways (e.g., ṃ/ṁ and ṛ/r̥)—see comparison below. The Indian National Library at Kolkata romanization, intended for the romanization of all Indic scripts, is an extension of IAST. Inventory and conventions[edit] Further information: Help:IPA/Sanskrit The IAST letters are listed with their Devanāgarī
equivalents and phonetic values in IPA, valid for Sanskrit, Hindi
and other modern languages that use Devanagari script, but some phonological changes have occurred:

Vowels and codas

Devanāgarī Transcription Category

अ a A monophthongs and syllabic liquids

आ ā Ā

इ i I

ई ī Ī

उ u U

ऊ ū Ū

ऋ ṛ Ṛ

ॠ ṝ Ṝ

ऌ ḷ Ḷ

ॡ ḹ Ḹ

ए e E diphthongs

ऐ ai Ai

ओ o O

औ au Au

अं ṃ Ṃ anusvara

अः ḥ Ḥ visarga

ऽ '



velars palatals retroflexes dentals labials Category

क k  K च c  C ट ṭ  Ṭ त t  T प p  P tenuis stops

ख kh  Kh छ ch  Ch ठ ṭh  Ṭh थ th  Th फ ph  Ph aspirated stops

ग g  G ज j  J ड ḍ  Ḍ द d  D ब b  B voiced stops

घ gh  Gh झ jh  Jh ढ ḍh  Ḍh ध dh  Dh भ bh  Bh breathy-voiced stops

ङ ṅ  Ṅ ञ ñ  Ñ ण ṇ  Ṇ न n  N म m  M nasal stops

ह h  H य y  Y र r  R ल l  L व v  V approximants

  श ś  Ś ष ṣ  Ṣ स s  S   sibilants

The highlighted letters are those modified with diacritics: long vowels are marked with an overline, vocalic (syllabic) consonants and retroflexes have an underdot. Unlike ASCII-only romanizations such as ITRANS or Harvard-Kyoto, the diacritics used for IAST allow capitalization of proper names. The capital variants of letters never occurring word-initially (Ṇ Ṅ Ñ Ṝ) are useful only when writing in all-caps and in Pāṇini contexts for which the convention is to typeset the IT sounds as capital letters. Comparison with ISO 15919[edit] For the most part, IAST is a subset of ISO 15919
ISO 15919
that merges: the retroflex (underdotted) liquids with the vocalic ones (ringed below); and the short close-mid vowels with the long ones. The following seven exceptions are from the ISO standard accommodating an extended repertoire of symbols to allow transliteration of Devanāgarī
and other Indic scripts, as used for languages other than Sanskrit.

Devanāgarī IAST ISO 15919 Comment

ए / े e ē (e) ISO e generally represents ऎ / ॆ, but optionally represents long ए / े in Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, and Oriya script.

ओ / ो o ō (o) ISO o generally represents ऒ / ॆ, but optionally represents long ओ / ो in Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, and Oriya script.

अं / ं ṃ ṁ ISO ṃ represents Gurmukhi
tippi ੰ.

ऋ / ृ ṛ r̥ ISO ṛ represents ड़ /ɽ/.

ॠ / ॄ ṝ r̥̄ for consistency with r̥.

ऌ / ॢ ḷ l̥ ISO ḷ represents ळ /ɭ̆/.

ॡ / ॣ ḹ l̥̄ for consistency with l̥.

Computer input by alternative keyboard layout[edit] The most convenient method of inputting romanized Sanskrit
is by setting up an alternative keyboard layout. This allows one to hold a modifier key to type letters with diacritical marks. For example, alt+a = ā. How this is set up varies by operating system. Linux
Modern Linux
systems allow one to set up custom keyboard layouts and switch them by clicking a flag icon in the menu bar. macOS One can use the pre-installed US International keyboard, or install Toshiya Unebe's Easy Unicode
keyboard layout. A revision of this is Shreevatsa R's EasyIAST. Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows
Windows also allows one to change keyboard layouts and set up additional custom keyboard mappings for IAST. Computer input by selection from a screen[edit] Further Information: Unicode
input#Selection from a screen

Applet for character selection

Many systems provide a way to select Unicode
characters visually. ISO/IEC 14755 refers to this as a screen-selection entry method. Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows
has provided a Unicode
version of the Character Map program (find it by hitting ⊞ Win+R then type charmap then hit ↵ Enter) since version NT 4.0 – appearing in the consumer edition since XP. This is limited to characters in the Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP). Characters are searchable by Unicode
character name, and the table can be limited to a particular code block. More advanced third-party tools of the same type are also available (a notable freeware example is BabelMap). macOS provides a "character palette" with much the same functionality, along with searching by related characters, glyph tables in a font, etc. It can be enabled in the input menu in the menu bar under System Preferences → International → Input Menu (or System Preferences → Language and Text → Input Sources) or can be viewed under Edit → Emoji & Symbols in many programs. Equivalent tools – such as gucharmap (GNOME) or kcharselect (KDE) – exist on most Linux
desktop environments. Users of SCIM on Linux
based platforms can also have the opportunity to install and use the sa-itrans-iast input handler which provides complete support for the ISO 15919
ISO 15919
standard for the romanization of Indic languages as part of the m17n library. Font

This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (September 2016)

Only certain fonts support all Latin Unicode
characters for the transliteration of Indic scripts according to the ISO 15919
ISO 15919
standard. For example, Tahoma supports almost all the characters needed. Arial and Times New Roman
Times New Roman
font packages that come with Microsoft Office 2007 and later also support most Latin Extended Additional characters like ḑ, ḥ, ḷ, ḻ, ṁ, ṅ, ṇ, ṛ, ṣ and ṭ. However, the growing trend[citation needed] amongst academics working in the area of Sanskrit
studies is towards using Gentium
font which has complete support for all the conjoined diacritics used in the IAST character set. See also[edit]

Devanagari transliteration Āryabhaṭa numeration Hunterian transliteration Harvard-Kyoto ITRANS National Library at Kolkata romanization ISO 15919 Shiva Sutra


^ Monier-Williams, Monier (1899). A Sanskrit-English Dictionary (PDF). Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. xxx. 

External links[edit]

Shashir Reddy, "Shashir's Notes: Modern Transcription of Sanskrit.[1]" Anthony Stone, " Transliteration
of Indic Scripts: How to use ISO 15929."[2] Dominik Wujastyk, " Transliteration
of Devanagari." [3] Typing a macron - page from Penn State University about typing with accents International Phonetic Alphabet
International Phonetic Alphabet
chart with pronunciation guide A visual chart which shows clearly 1. Which part of the mouth for each sound 2. The 3 groups where the 12 diacritics appear. - from Dina-Anukampana Das Sanskrit
Pronunciation Tips for beginners & Simple Charts to help memorize where the diacritics fit in. - pages from Dina-Anukampana Das A pronunciation guide with chart and pronunciation tips. - from Dina-Anukampana Das IAST <==> Devanagari online converter ( Transliteration
tool) https://www.ashtangayoga.info/sanskrit/transliteration/transliteration-tool/#iso_iast_kolkata/simplified/xn--tryambaka%20yajmahe%20sugandhi%20puivardhanam%0Aurvrukamiva%20bandhann%20mtyormukya%20mmtt%20-4hi4aqoc295an760gsa61soa76dlb23e

^ Reddy, Shashir. "Shashir's Notes: Modern Transcription of Sanskrit". Retrieved 2016-12-02.  ^ Stone, Anthony. " Transliteration
of Indic Scripts: How to use ISO 15919". Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ Wujastyk, Dominik (1996). " Transliteration
of Devanagari". INDOLOGY. Retrieved 2016-


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