Tamil letter writing
Some examples: a word cannot end in certain consonants, and cannot begin with some consonants including 'r' 'l' and 'll'; there are two consonants for the dental 'n' - which one should be used depends on whether the 'n' occurs at the start of the word and on the letters around it.
It uses diacritics to map the much larger set of Brahmic consonants and vowels to the Latin script. Some of the non-standard consonant-vowel combinations are not used in official documents.
Over the next few centuries, the Chola-Pallava script evolved into the modern Tamil script.
In the 6th century during the Pallava dynasty ADa new script for Tamil, known as the Chola-Pallava script, was devised. The script is sometimes called Vattezhuthu, literally "round writing".
However, no such distinction is observed by modern Tamil speakers. They are not considered part of the standard Tamil alphabet.
Tamil letters with words
History[ edit ] Historical evolution of Tamil writing from the earlier Tamil Brahmi near the top to the current Tamil script at bottom. Some of the non-standard consonant-vowel combinations are not used in official documents. In addition, according to Iravatham Mahadevan , early Tamil Brahmi used slightly different vowel markers, had extra characters to represent letters not found in Sanskrit , and omitted letters for sounds not present in Tamil such as voiced consonants and aspirates. Some scholars have suggested that in Sentamil which refers to Tamil as it existed before Sanskrit words were borrowed , stops were voiceless when at the start of a word and unvoiced otherwise. There are some lexical rules for formation of words. The script used by such inscriptions is commonly known as the Tamil-Brahmi , or "Tamili script", and differs in many ways from standard Ashokan Brahmi. Although some inscriptions which have been dated to a much early period of 5th century BCE, have been discovered at places like Adichanallur and Kodumanal in Tamil Nadu. However, no such distinction is observed by modern Tamil speakers. The order of the alphabet strictly abugida in Tamil closely matches that of the nearby languages both in location and linguistics, reflecting the common origin of their scripts from Brahmi. Nowadays the colloquial written language appears mainly in school books and in passages of dialogue in fiction. Some syllables are written by modifying the shape of the consonant in a way that is inherent to the vowel, others are written by adding vowel-inherent suffix to the consonant, yet others a prefix, and finally some vowels require adding both a prefix and a suffix to the consonant.
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