From: Sinnathurai Srivas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jul 18 2007 - 18:44:03 CDT
Yes, orthography is the 1st chapter in the Grammar
It also includes phonology, (may be exactly as it is now defined by IPA and
Please view my partially completed chart at
The authography is based on place of articulation and the accompanying
(Note: This chart is not yet complete. It would take a three diamensional
chart to resonably explain what is said and I'm struggling to define such a
chart at present.) It is also worth noting that Grammar does not defines the
shapes of characters, but the writing system. Does authography includes the
shape of chars?
1.5 and 1.6 states how to write elongated (I call it longer than long)
has my explanation, given in English.
Of course, the Grammar expands into other very serious chapters that can be
referenced, when it becomes necessary.
----- Original Message -----
From: "James Kass" <email@example.com>
To: "Kent Karlsson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "'Sinnathurai Srivas'"
Cc: "'Unicode List'" <email@example.com>
Sent: 18 July 2007 13:54
Subject: RE: Generic base characters
Kent Karlsson wrote,
> As to (1), I have a hard time seeing how *grammar* (even as "[The Tamil]
> has anything to do with this.
"Much of Tamil grammar is extensively described in the
oldest available grammar book for Tamil, the Tolkāppiyam.
Modern Tamil writing is largely based on the 13th century
grammar Naṉṉūl which restated and clarified the rules of
the Tolkāppiyam, with some modifications."
"Traditional Tamil grammar consists of five parts, namely
eḻuttu, col, porul, yāppu, aṇi."
The first of the five parts means "letter". The classic Tamil
grammar books describe, among other things, the Tamil
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