Bangla: [ZWJ], [VIRAMA] and CV sequences

From: Gautam Sengupta (
Date: Tue Oct 07 2003 - 11:21:45 CST

Is there any reason (apart from trying to be
ISCII-conformant) why the Bangla word /ki/ "what"
cannot be encoded as [KA][ZWJ][I]? Do we really need
combining forms of vowels to encode Indian scripts?
Also, why not use [CONS][ZWJ][CONS] instead of
[CONS][VIRAMA][CONS]? One could then use [VIRAMA] only
where it is explicit/visible.

Surely, [A/E][ZWJ][Y][ZWJ][AA] is more "natural" and
intuitively acceptable than any encoding in which a
vowel is followed by a [VIRAMA]?

Gautam Sengupta
School of Linguistics & Language Technology
Jadavpur University

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