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Comments from the members of Neo-brahmi Generation Panel

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  • Subject: Comments from the members of Neo-brahmi Generation Panel
  • From: Akshat Joshi <akshatj@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 10:34:03 +0530

The document is an exhaustive in nature and seems to be based on detailed study of Khmer Script. Historically the Khmer writing system dates back to around the 5^th Century CE and was adapted from the Pallava script which is a variant of Grantha.It is thus a script belonging to the Brahmi family as used in South India during the 5^th Century.

To a large extent the script conforms to the *akshar* or syllabic structure common to all neo-Brahmi scripts. It is written from left to right and shows the pattern of Consonants, Independent Vowels and Dependent vowels along with modifiers. The structure of the Khmer syllable is very close to the Brahmi syllable in that the nodes can be only Consonants as well as Independent Vowels. Consonants admit and inherent vowel. They permit stacking, a feature shared by all scripts descended from Brahmi, with such stacking being indicated by a suitable marker

However as the document shows, the script has been suitably adapted to the needs of the language.Some of the differences with Neo-Brahmi scripts of India, the presence of a large number of diacritics to represent modifications in pronunciation.

The governing principle for variants described in the document, follows the rule of visual identity, a feature shared with neo-Brahmi scripts.The general principles of the Whole Label Evaluation (WLEs) rules are also similar to those required for Neo-Brahmi scripts such as Devanagari, Gujarati, Bengali to name a few.However additional contextual rules pertinent to Khmer have been deployed.

In conclusion, the document is exhaustive in nature and by its similarities and differences shared with Neo-Brahmi scripts of India,not only shows the common heritage shared by scripts of South-East Asia descended from the Brahmi script, but more importantly would allow, in the final context, a “super-structure” ofall such scripts.

/Caveat: /These comments are based on the document in question and the commentators do not claim in any way to expertise in the script. The main focus is to show in what manner the Khmer script, descended from Grantha, shows similarities and differences to the scripts under study by Neo-Brahmi panel.

Dr. Raiomond Doctor
Mr. Mahesh D. Kulkarni
Ms. Neha Gupta
Mr. Akshat Joshi
(Members - Neo-brahmi Generation Panel)

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