[INDOLOGY] Anusvara plus nasal

Dipak Bhattacharya dipak.d2004 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 12 03:37:42 UTC 2014

This is interesting. But, is the related history documented? Dani's account
of the evolution of the southern scripts does not go into so much detail. I
shall be glad to have a published account of the evolution.

On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 12:08 AM, Nagaraj Paturi <nagarajpaturi at gmail.com>

> 1. In Telugu (probably in all Dravidian) inscriptions, anusvāra , a full
> circle,  was a later borrowing from Northern Brahmi orthography.
> 2. There is ardha (half) anusvāra, a verticle half of a circle also in
> classical Telugu orthography.  There is evidence to believe that this
> script symbol was used to indicate nasalization of the preceding vowel.
> There is evidence also to believe that the script symbol survived even
> after the nasalization was lost in pronunciation by the preceding vowel.
> 3. The ardha (half) anusvara, the verticle half of a circle is a later
> invention in the Telugu orthography. During early Telugu inscriptions, when
> the ardha (half) anusvara, the verticle half of a circle was not invented
> yet, full anusvāra, full circle itself was used in the place of ardha
> anusvāra also. A full circle not followed by a glyph for a nasal indicated
> the ardha (half) anusvara (nasalization of the preceding vowel) whereas a
> full circle followed by a nasal indicated full anusvāra (nasal first part
> of a cluster).
> This is just to see if this provides any clue here.
> Nagaraj
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