Re: Sanskrit nasalized L

From: Shriramana Sharma <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011 21:57:19 +0530

On 17-06-2011 21:38, Andreas Prilop wrote:
> How can I combine Devanagari "La" U+0932 with*both*
> "Virama" U+094D and "Candrabindu" U+0901 ?

Well OK this *is* a tricky question.

If your question is a result of not getting some form of desired display
from your font, then it's a problem with the font/rendering engine.

If your question is about what *sequence* should be used for anunaasika
LA, then I personally believe (and have stated in L2/09-372) that the
"proper" sequence is:


LA may also be substituted by YA or VA.

My justification for choosing the above sequence is:

1. candrabindu is always placed after vowel signs, and the virama, while
not commonly labeled one, is functionally also a vowel sign, to wit, a
sign of vowel *absence* (taking a vowel sign to be one which modifies
the inherent vowel of the base consonant in whatever way.)

2. Mapping YA/VA/LA + VIRAMA to half-forms or overt virama forms will
work this way (though of course one has to test for a following
consonant to determine whether a half-form or full vowelless form should
be displayed -- this is only for C1-conjoining scripts like Devanagari
and not for C2-conjoining South Indian scripts).

I am however yet to submit a document to the UTC on this. Let me see if
I can do so before the next UTC. If there are any other thoughts from
others expressed here, it would also be useful for such a document.

Shriramana Sharma
Received on Fri Jun 17 2011 - 11:33:01 CDT

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