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Devanagari trivia (was Tengwar question)

From:Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 10:33
On Mon, 16 Jul 2007 20:32:25 +0200, Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>

>On a side note: I wonder how you write for example [e:] (the >thing that looks like long 'e', or rather twice the >diacritic for 'e', is 'ai' according to the Unicode names) >and multiple vowels in succession in Devanagari, e.g. like >in <Kilauea>. Also, what are the Candra forms good for? And >Nukta and Avagraha [sp?]? Omniglot doesn't say anything >about those. Benct? Others?
See how Omniglot lists 'initial' and 'diacritic' forms of the vowels? That's probably better said as "with syllable-initial consonant" and "without ...". So, you'd spell Kilauea like this--- {ka_i la_au E A} The candra vowels aren't used in Hindi; I understand that they're in use for some other languages that use devanagari. Nukta is the generic consonant-modifying diacritic. It's not in use a whole lot in Hindi, apart from za (-> ja) and the retroflex flaps from d.a and d.ha. Sometimes qa (-> ka) as well. I'm not sure what an avagraha does. -s


Benct Philip Jonsson <conlang@...>