GRAMMAR OF THE CARNATACA LANGUAGE. - oooolas 900 CHAPTER FIRST. . . OF LETTERS. T'he Carnáțaca language. is written from left to right. The characters, like those in the most ancient Greek and Roman manuscripts, are formed of equal sizes, and placed at equal distances, without either connex. ion, or stops, and without any distinctien whatsoever of words. The alphabet consists of six and fifty letters ; riz. sixtecn vowels; two letters that may be ranked either as vowels or consonants; and thirty-eight. consonants. The sixteen vowels are as follows; Gesong of evers aut etis os of 9 ng Eu Eu and Z; the two letters that belong to either class are 0 and 8; and the thirty-eight consonants are thus arranged ; 5 9 2 w Wa Tunzo &3 (10 months to gratat rec036 To 5%. of the abovementioned fifty-six letters, forty-seven belong to the pure Carnátaca ; and four of them, viz. a 20 and 29 exclusively so. The remaining nine, viz. at atis to post and have been introduced into the alphabet for the purpose of expressing souods that are peculiar to the Sanscrit. Digitized by Google
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