- Malayalam script
Infobox Writing system
name = Malayalam
languages = MalayalamKonkani
time = c.
unicode = [http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0D00.pdf U+0D00–U+0D7F]
iso15924 = MlymThe Malayalam script is an
abugidaof the Brahmic family, used to write the Malayalam language. From the Brahmi script, the Grantha scriptemerged as one of the earliest Southern scripts. It further evolved into the Malayalam script. The Malayalam script covers all the symbols of Sanskritas well as special Dravidian letters. The alphabet is classified into two categories: swarams (or vowels) and vyanjanams (or consonants).
There is no distinction of case, i.e. no uppercase and lowercase letters. Diacritics, or vowel signs, are used to associate a vowel to a consonant. When no diacritic is used, the vowel sound 'a' is assumed. To denote the absence of a vowel specifically, a "chandrakkala" Unicode|് (also called "virama") is used.
In addition to these symbols, there are many more symbols to indicate ligatures of the various consonants with each other.
Malayalam digits are written as follows:
Unicode for Malayalam
* [http://www.jaimalayalam.com Website including resources for learning Malayalam script]
* [http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0D00.pdf Unicode Code Chart for Malayalam (PDF Format)]
* [http://www.alanwood.net/unicode/fonts_windows.html#malayalam Malayalam Unicode fonts]
* [http://www.iit.edu/~laksvij/language/malayalam.html Indian Language Converter] Web-based tool to transliterate from Romanised English to Unicode Malayalam
* [http://vle.marthomacentre.org.uk/ 'moodle' in Malayalam] Virtual Learning Environment
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