avagraha in Malayalam manuscripts
asko.parpola at HELSINKI.FI
Sun Sep 2 15:35:50 EDT 2007
I have come across the avagraha sign at least once in Malayalam manuscripts.
The NellikkaaTTu Mana manuscript of Bhavatraata's Jaiminiiya-S'rautasuutra-
BhaaSya, which is a very large-sized and brittle old manuscript, has the
avagraha (rather similar to the devanagari avagraha, i.e. like S but angular
with two bends) on the reverse of folio 38, line 7, corresponding to page
84, end of line 3 in Premnidhi Shastri's edition (1966): athavaaSstotra....
The avagraha which I have marked here with capital S clarifies the a
privativum in sandhi: atha vaa astotra....
Institute for Asian and African Studies
POB 59 (Unioninkatu 38 B)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Quoting Kengo Harimoto <kengo.harimoto at UNI-HAMBURG.DE>:
> Since I seem to be the only person who has seen anything like
> avagraha in Malayalam MSS, the burden of proof is on me.
> To clarify, the two Malayalam MSS of the
> P?tañjalayoga??stravivara?a I used most of the time do not have
> avagraha, but there were a few (three times?) occasions where a sign
> that is not like anything else was at a position where avagraha was
> most appropriate. It was very anomalous. This is why I remember.
> I am on the road; it will be after I come back to Hamburg in late
> September when I will have access to all my material. I hope then I
> can find and post the scans of those anomalies.
> Speaking of Indoskript, I and some other Mac/Linux folks would very
> much appreciate if it becomes an online application. Is there any
> such plan?
> kengo harimoto
> On Sep 1, 2007, at 20:23 , Harry Falk wrote:
> > Try IndoSkript, looking for avagraha = (straight) single quote.
> > Avagraha starts occurring in the late 8th century - with NO result
> > when limiting the query to "Malayalam".
> > Harry Falk
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