Telugu LLLA letter in Unicode

From: N. Ganesan (
Date: Wed May 03 2006 - 09:04:30 CST

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    There well attested abugida series for Telugu consonant LLLA
    quite different from the neighboring Dravidian scripts' LLLA viz.,
    Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada.

    Govt. of India document mentions the need of LLLA in Telugu codechart
     for the intertransliterability across Indian, esp. Dravidian. languages/scripts
    of India:

    Please note that the special LLLA (esp. in Tamil and Malayalam)
    is not found in 5th century CE as claimed in the Andhra/GoI document.
    In fact, the LLLA letter is attested in earliest Dravidian language
    inscriptions dated to 3rd century BCE (some 7-800 years before).

    The traditional spot of Telugu LLLA among the Telugu consonants' collation
    order is given in the above document.

    The Telugu letter LLLA and its abugidas occur in Telugu
    books printed in 20th century. So, Telugu LLLA needs to
    be encoded. Also, consider the fact that vocalic LL has no
    words attested in Telugu at all and it will be in unicode.

    N. Ganesan

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