South Indian Scripts in Sanskrit Manuscripts and Prints: Grantha Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Nandinagari

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Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 224 pages
This book is intended to facilitate access to the amazing wealth of documents written in the five major South Indian scripts. It focusses on the South Indian Sanskrit tradition, but also takes into account the modern alphabets of the respective Dravidian languages. The sometimes bewildering variety of the five scripts is mapped out in altogether c. 5200 basic characters, ligatures (i.e., vocalizations), conjuncts/consonant clusters, numerals, abbreviations etc. Special care has been taken to break down the complexity of Grantha Tamil in a system of graphic classification.The material surveyed comprises Sanskrit manuscripts as well as the Southern tradition of Sanskrit printing, and books in Dravidian languages (including Tranquebar prints).
 

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Contents

Basic Characters Ligatures i
1
Prepausal Consonants
16
Tamil
43
Abbreviations Contractions
52
Graphic Classification
59
Grantha Malayalam
77
Prepausal Consonants
92
Basic Characters Ligatures
121
Additional Graphs
136
Kannada
163
Additional Graphs
178
Distinctive Features of Nandinagari
201
The Southern Brhaspati Cycle 12071986 A D
217
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