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Grantha script


Subject Linguistics

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214816.1999.x


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Epigraphically identifiable as of the sixth century ce , the Grantha script is a member of the southern Indian branch of Brāhmī-derived scripts. Like all Indian scripts it is a syllabic alphabet consisting of independent V letters and C letters with an inherent a ( table 6 ). It is the parent script of the malayalam script which took on a distinct form in the twelfth century. Apart from the Malayalam language, this script was also used as the southern Indian script for Sanskrit. Through this usage it influenced the development of the tamil writing . Grantha is written from left to right. Today it survives in its Malayalam derivative. See also indian writing systems . Reading Dani 1963. Table 6 The Grantha syllabic alphabet ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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