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The Pallava script, a Brahmic script, was developed under the Pallava dynasty of Southern India around the 6th century AD. Southeast Asian scripts such as Grantha, Javanese,[1] Kawi, Baybayin, Mon, Burmese,[2] Khmer,[3] Lanna, Thai,[4] Lao,[5] Sinhalese,[6] and the New Tai Lue alphabets are either direct or indirect derivations from the Kadamba-Pallava alphabet.[7]

Contents

1 Form

1.1 Consonants 1.2 Independent Vowels

2 Bibliography 3 References 4 External links

Form[edit]

Pallava script
Pallava script
at the 8th century Kailasanatha temple in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.

The form shown here is based on examples from the 7th century AD. Letters labeled * have uncertain sound value, as they have little occurrence in Southeast Asia. Consonants[edit] Each consonant has an inherent /a/, which will be sounded if no vowel sign is attached. If two consonants follow one another without intervening vowel, the second consonant is made into a subscript form, and attached below the first.

ka kha ga gha nga ca cha ja jha* nya ṭa ṭha* ḍa ḍha* ṇa ta tha

da dha na pa pha ba bha ma ya ra la va śa ṣa sa ha

Independent Vowels[edit]

a ā i ī u e o ai* au*

Bibliography[edit]

Sivaramamurti, C, Indian Epigraphy and South Indian Scripts. Bulletin of the Madras Government Museum. Chennai 1999

References[edit]

^ "Javanese alphabet, pronunciation and language (aksara jawa)". Omniglot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11.  ^ "Burmese/Myanmar script and pronunciation". Omniglot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11.  ^ "Khmer/Cambodian alphabet, pronunciation and language". Omniglot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11.  ^ http://www.ancientscripts.com/thai.html ^ "Lao alphabet, pronunciation and language". Omniglot.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11.  ^ Jayarajan, Paul M. (1976-01-01). History of the Evolution of the Sinhala Alphabet. Colombo Apothecaries' Company, Limited.  ^ "Pallava script". SkyKnowledge.com. 2010-12-30. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Pallava script
Pallava script
at Wikimedia Commons Examples of Pallava at SkyKnowledge.com

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