From: N. Ganesan (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 20 2006 - 09:40:26 CST
> For example, it is said that the word PRint has a near voice-less "i" in
> between P and R as in PiRint. Similarly BRook = BuRook with a near
> voiceless "u". I can site many examples.
Tolkaappiyam and other Tamil grammars define 30 letters (12 vowels, 18
consonants) plus three 'caarbezuttu'. We've one code chart (aaytham),
the other 2 remaining are kuRRiyal i and u respectively.
If <0b87> is called 'short i' and <0b88> is called 'long i'
then i've seen linguists calling kuRRiyal ikaram as 'overshort' i.
Similarly, If <0b89> is called 'short u' and <0b8A> is called 'long u'
kuRRiyal ukaram as 'overshort u'.
Since Unicode names are TAMIL VOWEL SIGN I, II, U and UU,
we can just use
TAMIL VOWEL SIGN SHORT I, TAMIL VOWEL SIGN SHORT U,
(cf. devanagari vowel sign VOCALIC R, etc.,)
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