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Devanagari LTR, Question etc. (was: Scripts)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Sunday, July 7, 2002, 23:15
On Sun, 7 Jul 2002 16:03:48 -0700 Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
> CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes: > >Yup, many years beforehand.
> Ahh, well, there you go :). Since Hebrew letters open towards the > left, > and a lot of Devanagari letters do also, i can see where one might > think it would go right to left :). > It seems though that like Brahmi, Devanagari was always written left > to > right. With brahmi, there are a few examples of it running right to > left, > but the vast majority are left to right. WIth things like direction, > it > seems to me scripts are conservative, so it's no surprise to me > Devanagari kept the left to right orientation.
- Ah. That makes sense. Those letters that look like triangles especially mess me up :-P . By the way, talking about linguistic features of India, does anyone happen to know how to say "father!" (vocative case, if such exists) in Sanskrit? -Stephen (Steg) "There is darkness all around us; but if darkness *is*, and the darkness is of the forest, then the darkness must be good." ~ song of the BaMbuti in troubled times