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pra ப்ர प्र
gra க்³ர ग्र
In Some cases, -r- conjunct may fuse with the /ta/ and /sha/ to form the Samyuktakshara.
śra ஸ்²ர श्र
Our own Tamil Sri // is derived from this /shra/. However, sometimes the disjoint form is also seen in print.
tra த்ர त्र
For /tra/, the usual disjoint conjunct form is more usual in print.
-r- has also has a special form, when -r- appears in the first consonant of the cluster. It takes a position next to the Consonant.
rjha ர்ஜ² र्झ
rgha ர்க⁴ र्घ
Similar to other Samyukaksharas, -r-, -y- also act like a Single unit with all Vowel Signs except /i/ and /ii/
With /i/ and /ii/, the Vowel Sign is placed on top of the Consonant, rather than the -r-, -y- Conjunct sign.
This covers the basics of Samyuktakshara formation in Grantha.
People must now be able to read the name of the Lipi itself.
grantha lipi | க்³ரந்த² லிபி | ग्रन्थ लिपि
We’ll see some more complex conjunct formation further in the series. Another 5 more Lessons and this series should be over 🙂