Re: Sinhala numerals

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Dec 28 2006 - 14:58:46 CST

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    At 13:35 -0500 2006-12-28, William J Poser wrote:

    >Does anyone know what happened to the Sinhala
    >numerals? It was proposed to encode them at
    >U+0DE7 through U+0DFA, but they are omitted from
    >Unicode 5.0, with a gap in the proposed range.
    >They aren't in current use, but surely that
    >isn't a reason for not encoding them.

    This is weird. I had a dream about these two days ago.

    Ernest Cline asked about these in February 2004.
    I had proposed them in 1997.

    Sinhala experts (from Sri Lanka) said they did
    not know them, and the evidence we had was
    insifficient to warrant encoding them. I would be
    delighted to give my dream form and propose to
    encode them... but have never found more evidence
    than one plate and the description at 130 in
    Gunasekara 1891. He says:

    "The Sinhalese had symbols of its own to present
    the different numerals, which were in use until
    the betinning of the present [19th] century.
    Arabic figures are now univerally used. For the
    benefit of the student the old symbols are given
    in the plate opposite. (No. III)."

    On that plate are unique symbols for 1, 2, 3, 4,
    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 (looks
    like a ligature of 60 and 10), 80, 90, 100, 1000.

    So, that's what we've got. No change at present.

    Michael Everson *

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