Pallava script

Pallava
Type
Languages Tamil, Prakrit, Sanskrit
Time period
6th century AD to 9th century AD
Parent systems
Child systems
Grantha, Kawi, Khmer
Sister systems
Vatteluttu alphabet

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]

Form

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

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.

kakhagaghangacachajajha*nyaṭaṭha*ḍaḍha*ṇatatha
dadhanapaphababhamayaralavaśaṣasaha

Independent Vowels

aāiīueoai*au*

Bibliography

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

References

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