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Title: Tracing the identity and ascertaining the nature of Brahmi-derived Devanagari script
Authors: Pandey K.K.
Jha, Smita
Published in: Acta Linguistica Asiatica
Abstract: Current research exploits the orthographic design of Brahmi-derived scripts (also called Indic scripts), particularly the Devanagari script. Earlier works on orthographic nature of Brahmi-derived scripts fail to create a consensus among epigraphists, historians or linguists, and thus have been identified by various names, like semi-syllabic, subsyllabic, semi-alphabetic, alphasyllabary or abugida. On the contrary, this paper argues that Brahmi-derived scripts should not be categorized as scripts with overlapping features of alphabetic and syllabic properties as these scripts are neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Historical evolution and linguistic properties of Indic scripts, particularly Devanagari, ascertain the need for a new categorization of its own and, thus preferably merit a unique descriptor. This paper investigates orthographic characteristics of the Brahmi-derived Devanagari script, current trends in research pertaining to the Devanagari script along with other Indic scripts and the implications of these findings for literacy development in Indic writing systems. © 2019 Acta Linguistica Asiatica.Raziskava obravnava ortografsko obliko pisav, ki izhajajo iz pisave brahmi (imenovane tudi indijske pisave), še posebej pisavo devanagari. Predhodnje študije o ortografski naravi the pisav niso uspele povezati mnenj epigrafov, zgodovinarjev in jezikoslovcev, zato je njihov opis zelo raznolik; uporabljajo se poimenovanja kot npr. polzlogovna, podzlogovna, alfa-zlogovna oz. abugida. V nasprotju s tem ?lanek zagovarja idejo, da pisav, ki izvirajo iz pisave brahmi ne bi smeli ozna?iti s podvajajo?imi se zna?ilnostmi abecenih in zlogovnih pisav, saj niso ne abecedni in ne zlogovni. Zgodovinski razvoj in jezikoslovne lastnosti indijskih pisav, še posebej pisave devanagari, nakazujejo na potrebo po oblikovanju nove kategorije, ki bi jo lahko poimenovali 'aksarske pisave'. Za konec ?lanek ponuja kratek pregled razvoja pismenosti na podro?ju aksarskih pisav. © 2019 Acta Linguistica Asiatica.
Citation: Acta Linguistica Asiatica (2019), 9(1): 59-73
URI: https://doi.org/10.4312/ALA.9.1.59-73
http://repository.iitr.ac.in/handle/123456789/8854
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Ljubljana University Press
Keywords: Aksara
Akshara
Alfa-zlogovnica
Alphabet
Alphasyllabary
Brahmi
Devanagari
Latinica
Orthography
pisava
Pisava brahmi
Pisava devanagari
ISSN: 22323317
Author Scopus IDs: 57210401890
56669284600
Author Affiliations: Pandey, K.K., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India
Jha, S., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India
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