The Info List - Pallava Script

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The PALLAVA SCRIPT, a Brahmic script , was developed under the Pallava dynasty
Pallava dynasty
of Southern India around the 6th century AD.

Southeast Asian scripts such as Grantha , Javanese , Kawi , Baybayin , Mon , Burmese , Khmer , Tai Tham , Thai Lao , Sinhalese , and the New Tai Lue alphabets are either direct or indirect derivations from the Kadamba -Pallava alphabet.


* 1 Form

* 1.1 Consonants * 1.2 Independent Vowels

* 2 Bibliography * 3 References * 4 External links


Pallava script
Pallava script
at the 8th century Kailasanatha temple in Kanchipuram
, Tamil Nadu
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. (Chart of images based on Pallava glyphs presented at SkyKnowledge.com.)


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


a ā i ī u e o ai* au*


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


* ^ "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.