From: N. Ganesan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Apr 28 2010 - 12:20:47 CDT
A question for linguists. In Indian scripts,
there is a sign called halanta
which is used to delete an
inherent vowel /a/ in an Indic syllable.
For example, in any Indic script,
A syllable with /a/ + Halant = A "pure" consonant (with /a/ "killed")
[ka] + Halant = [k]
Usually, in early Brahmi, the halant "vowel-killer" sign is like a macron
above any consonant syllable. In Tamil, halant is a dot (bindu) above
of on the side a syllable, which is same as bindu for zero
in Khmer inscriptions.
My question: Can we call Indic Halanta (the "killer" of vowel,/a/)
a form/kind of "Linguistic Zero" of PaaNini?
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