Hiragana and Indic Scripts

Robert Zydenbos zydenbos at UNI-MUENCHEN.DE
Tue Aug 10 12:54:24 UTC 2010

Apart from what Dan Lusthaus has already mentioned about the  
established view on the origination of the kana scripts, one should  
note that Siddham is very 'Indian' in its structure: like all the  
Brahmi-derived scripts, Siddham is of the script type known as  
'abugida' (in which a basic syllabic sign is modified by means of  
secondary vowel signs to indicate that the vowel of the syllable is  
not 'a'), and the kana scripts are fundamentally different.


Op 10.08.2010, om 05:56 heeft Peter Friedlander het volgende geschreven:

> Dear Colleagues,
> any ideas on leads on Indic script connections with Japanese  
> Hiragana/Katakana scripts?
> Hiragana/Katakana starts a i u e o ka ki ku ke ko etc.
> The organization of the Japanese sound system seems related to Indic  
> systems, but Japanese histories of their scripts that I have seen  
> are quite silent on the relationship between Siddham and Kana script  
> systems that I have observed (my current notes on this at http://bodhgayanews.net/melbournehindi/?p=22) 
> .
> I am sure that somebody must have written on this, any idea where?
> regards
> Peter Friedlander

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