South East Asian Scripts

mikal radford mikal.radford at
Wed Aug 28 02:08:41 UTC 1996

They're descendents of the Brahmi scripts.

On Tue, 27 Aug 1996, John Richards wrote:

> I have seen it suggested that the Indic alphabets used in South
> East Asia (Khmer, etc.) are derived from the Grantha or southern Indian
> script, not the Devanagari or northern Indian script.
> If that is so, I'm wondering who used the Grantha script, e.g. were they
> Indo-Aryan or Dravidian types?  Did they use it to write Sanskrit and 
> Pali?
> The SE Asian countries have borrowed a lot of Sanskrit as well as Pali 
> vocabulary, so one must wonder in what script it came to them.
> -- 
> John Richards
> Stackpole Elidor (UK)
> jhr at
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