This page presents
the details of the scripts of the different languages of the country. As
seen earlier, the languages of India are phonetic in nature and hence the
writing system for any language maps the sounds of the aksharas to specific
shapes. The basic set of aksharas for most languages consist of sixteen
vowels and about forty consonants. These are shown in the illustration
below. For reference, the aksharas are shown along with the equivalent
Roman Diacritic representations. The actual rules for forming consonant
vowel combinations and conjunct characters vary from script to script.
Additional information about the script is given following the image.
Script shown: Tamil
Some additional information about the
script including the methods adopted in the writing system for
the script may be seen below. Aspects of the writing system specific
to the script will also be indicated. The reader my benefit from
looking at the pages discussing the aspects of
writing systems followed for Indian
languages for a generic view of syllabic writing systems.
Additional Information on the Tamil Script
The Tamil script has evolved over a period of several
hundreds of years. The script seen above has been in vogue
for about a hundred years now. Many books printed in India
during the second half of the ninteenth century exhibit variations
for medial vowel forms corresponding to "aah" and "ai".
The Government of Tamilnadu had introduced simplifications
to the script so that one could use a typewriter.
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the links below for details of other scripts.