Conjuncts in Pali

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Conjuncts in Pali

Postby vinodh » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:59 pm

Hi All,

I would like to know the list of possible conjunct consonants that are possible in Pali (e.g) kk, kkh, tt, ttha, mp etc.

The GNU Free font is being modified to support Pali written in Sinhala script. I just wanna make sure, all possible Pali conjuncts are supported.

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Re: Conjuncts in Pali

Postby Dhammanando » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:44 am

Hi Vinodh,

Given your stated purpose, it would seem that the real question is not what combinations of consonants are possible in Pali, but rather, which of these combinations need to be represented by special characters in Sinhalese script. The answer is that this is required for pre-nasalized consonants (nt, nd, mb, etc.) and then a few others.

The following links should tell you all you need:

http://www.omniglot.com/writing/sinhala.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinhala_alphabet

Though if the modified font is intended only for Sinhalese and Pali and not for Sanskrit, then disregard sanskritic consonant clusters like kś and śrī.
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Re: Conjuncts in Pali

Postby vinodh » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:22 pm

Hi Bhante,

Yeah. The question should have been replaced as " which of these combinations need to be represented by special characters in Sinhalese script".

Sinhala script represents conjuncts in Pali in a peculiar way. It just systematically fuses the consonants by making them "touch each other". So theoretically, if we know the list of conjuncts in Pali, we can make sure they have the touching form rendered properly. Thus, Pali text could be rendered properly in Sinhala script.

I have attached screenshot for the rendering.
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Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva

yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]


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