Korean/Tamil/Hindi (was Re: Query on var.nabheda)

Dan Lusthaus dlusthau at mailer.fsu.edu
Thu Mar 6 22:32:53 UTC 1997

>As I understand, these are not complete
>and purely phonetic alphabets...  Or am
>I mistaken?

I'm not sure what you mean by complete. They have nearly fifty letters a
piece. They are consonant+vowel combos, (e.g.: na, ni, no, though there are
long vowels that can be added). They are purely alphabetic and have no
semantic significance  beyond their use in constructing phonemes.

Dan Lusthaus
Flordia State University

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