Malayalam alphabet

The Malayalam script ( മലയാളലിപി Malayāḷalipi ) is an abugida script, which belongs to the South Indian scriptures.

It is ( Kerala ) used in India and is closely related to the Telugu script. As with all Indian scriptures every syllable has the inherent vowel " a" ( ka, kha, ga ... ), is amended by adding characters to different vowels (ki, khi, ghi ... ).

Similarities with other Indian Scriptures

As with the other Indian scriptures the sounds are sorted by phonetic point of view.

In the first place the vowels come, then to the place of articulation ( throat from starting ):

At the end of the table, you see then:

  • Semi-vowels
  • Sibilants
  • Aspirate

These groups of five syllabic signs are still after toneless ( unaspiriert - aspirated ), sounding ( unaspiriert - aspirated ) and one each nasal divided.


If the characters are not, or misrepresented, you can get help here ( german).



Other characters

In addition to these characters, there are many ligatures, which are connected consonants.

Number of characters

The number of characters to be rendered in Malayalam as follows:

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