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Sanskrit Devanagari : An Introduction

Sanskrit Devanagari : An Introduction

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Sanskrit Devanagari introduction. The introduction contains notes on sanskrit devanagari calligraphy, consonant characters, vowel characteristics and vowel signs, modifiers, the complete syllabary, numerals, punctuation, Conjuct characters, and a transcription of reading examples.

For Shiva's Sake Folks, check this out! In the name of Panini himself, I proclaim this text as a great resource for understanding Sanskrit Devanagari!

Iym nama kleem, shivaya sou
bom bhola shankaraya!
bam bam bam bam BHAM!
Shivaya ! Parameshvara !
Sanskrit Devanagari introduction. The introduction contains notes on sanskrit devanagari calligraphy, consonant characters, vowel characteristics and vowel signs, modifiers, the complete syllabary, numerals, punctuation, Conjuct characters, and a transcription of reading examples.

For Shiva's Sake Folks, check this out! In the name of Panini himself, I proclaim this text as a great resource for understanding Sanskrit Devanagari!

Iym nama kleem, shivaya sou
bom bhola shankaraya!
bam bam bam bam BHAM!
Shivaya ! Parameshvara !

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INTRODUCTION TO THEDEVANAGARI SCRIPT
BYH. M. LAMBERT, M.A.Cantab.
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A few chapters on Sanskrit Devanagarifrom the book:
 
INTRODUCTION
Tne Devanagari ScriptThe script traditionally referred to as the Devanagari Scriptis used in writing Sanskrit and, of the modern, languages of northern
India,
Hindi, Marathi and Nepali. The script used in writing Gujaratiis a slightly modified form of the Devanagari script, and the scriptsused in writing Bengali and Panjabi are related to the Devanagari
script,
though this relation is apparent in only some of the charact-
ers.
The writing system, based on the character representing the
syll-able,
is the same for all these languages. However, in order to usethis system for writing the modern languages, which have each develop-ed in their own particular way from the original Sanskrit, a numberof conventions have become necessary in reading from the script, con-ventions which vary with the special features of each language. Therealisation of the characters as they are used for writing Hindi,
Bengali,
Marathi and Gujarati, and the conventions which have becomeestablished in each language, are described in the various sectionsof this work. Though the Bengali script differs considerably fromthe Devanagari script in the form of most of the characters, thestudy of it is included in this work because the writing system isthe same as the Sanskrit writing system, and the conventions by which
 
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INTRODUCTION
1.
See Preface.this system is adapted for writing Bengali have much in common withthe conventions used in the other modern languages. An examinationof these conventions makes possible an interesting comparison bothbetween the writing of these four languages and that of Sanskrit,and between the writing of the modern languages themselves.The origin of the name 'Devanagari' is obscure. The shorterform of the name is
1
Nagari'(nagarii), which has been variously interpreted. It is thought by some to be tbe name given to the writing of'tbe people of the city'(nagaram, 'a
city');
by others it is said toderive its name from the Nagar Brahmans of Gujarat.NotationThe system of roman notation used in this text for transcribingthe Devanagari characters is the All-India Roman Notation^. Threeminor modifications have been introduced in this text in order toadapt the notation for transcribing both Sanskrit and the modernlanguages.These modifications are :-i. The use of the vowels i
('short'
i) and ii
('long'
ii) insteadof the vowels y and i ; and of the vowels u
('short'
u )and uu
('long'
uu ) for the vowels w and u .
ii.
The use of the letter rrj instead of n for representing themark of nasalisation known as the anusvar.iii.The placing of a micron above the letter y in the diphthong ay ,and above the letter v in the diphthong av ,
thus:
ay , av .

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