>And, finally, the real meaning of [virama] is that the
inherent vowel should not be pronounced. The fact that it also
determines ligatures is just accidental (and does not happen in
Tamil, for instance).
Nor does this happen with (what I assume must be - at least it
has functional similarities) the cognate character in Thai
(kaaran); i.e. it supresses a vowel but doesn't determine
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