From: N. Ganesan (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jan 10 2011 - 11:38:02 CST
On Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 1:18 PM, Christopher Miller <
> I would also be interested if anyone has pointers to information about
> the origins of the theory of "inherent" -a in consonant aksharas.
You may want to see Iravatham Mahadevan, Early Tamil Epigraphy, Harvard
Oriental Series, 2003.
The earliest attestation of puLLi (vowel killer) in Tamil is dated to 78 CE
in Satavahana coinage.
Incidentally, this gives dating evidence for the puLLi in orthography
described in grammar called Tolkappiyam.
Sanskrit literature, the oldest is Vedas, remained Oral for a 1000 years or
so, before committed to writing.
The yoga meditation upon Vedic mantras is what gave birth to the Science of
Phonetics for the World.
Pl. read Prof. Frits Staal, UC, Berkeley's paper delivered before the
Whitehead's note on sukun in Arabic may also ultimately be influenced by
Indic pulli/virama concepts.
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