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Re: Devanagari (was Re: sorry Mark Lang...)

From:Scott Heath <sheath@...>
Date:Sunday, June 27, 2004, 22:33
I stand corrected. I just *assumed* that the Brahmi script had been used,
since Sanskrit didn't exist in his time. There is a big gap between
conjecture and a hypothesis supported by evidence, and I fell into that gap!

I'm glad there are a number of people on this list better-versed in these
languages and scripts. It's all wonderfully interesting.

-- Scott

At 21:26 06/20/2004 +0200, you wrote:
>At 20:45 6/20/2004, Scott Heath wrote: > >The Indian grammarian Pannini used Brahmi for his writings, including his > >all-important and rather algebraic Sandhi-- something like Euclid's axioms > >for Sanskrit morphosyntax. > >It is by no means certain that Paa.nini used any writing >at all, rather the contrary in fact. > >Note also that Brahmi was first devised for Middle IndoAryan >languages (Prakrits), and was rather ill-suited for Sanskrit >with its many consonant clusters. > >In fact the first Prakrit inscriptions predate the first >Sanskrit inscriptions by several centuries. It is worthy of >note that both scholars and clerics in India (which often are >the same persons) have put great store on learning texts >orally by heart. Writing was businessmen's business. > >/BP 8^) >-- >B.Philip Jonsson (delete X) > > Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! > (Tacitus)