Re: [INDOLOGY] names of devanāgarī penstrokes

Camillo Formigatti camillo.formigatti at
Tue Jan 26 17:17:05 UTC 2021

Dear Matthew,

I believe that the short answer is that there is still no in-depth study of the terminology you mention which is based on sources that precedes the introduction of print. I am working precisely on a study of Sanskrit terminology in early print and if you want, I can tell you more off list. (Incidentally, I would consider rephā as a term rather defining the sound and only by extension used to define the written sign for ra.)

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