Re: Romanized Singhala - Think about it again

From: Richard Wordingham <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 07:48:19 +0100

On Mon, 09 Jul 2012 05:20:45 +0200
Jean-François Colson <> wrote:

> Le 09/07/12 01:29, Naena Guru a écrit :

> > Number of letters in Singhala is only theoretical. In the case of
> > Singhala orthography, the actually used number depends on the
> > Sanskrit vocabulary.

> Do you mean there are many conjunct consonants, sometimes with a
> separate glyph?
> In Devanagari, they’re made by typing two or more consonants
> separated by halants. Isn’t that possible with Sinhala?

No, SLS 1134 (2004) keeps it simple by making these viramas visible,
i.e. real halants, making the associated consonants the last in
the akshara. For the ordinsry conjuncts, including raphe, it prescribes
<VIRAMA, ZWJ>. <ZWJ, VIRAMA> is used to make consonants touch.

SLS 1134 spares users some of the complexity by requiring the
commonest subscript and superscript consonants to be on the keyboard.
(This may well be useless for X, unless X has had its keyboard
mapping extended to allow the combinations as single keystrokes.)

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