One: Scansion and Related Matters


1.2 Digraphs

In presenting Pāḷi in Roman letters aspirates are indicated by digraphs (kh, gh, ch, jh, etc.) These are not to be taken as conjunct consonants, as they represent but a single sound, and are to be counted as single letters are elsewhere (indeed, in the Sinhalese, Burmese, Thai & Indian scripts in general they are normally represented by single letters). Note that ḷh is also an aspirate, even though it is written with two characters in the above scripts.





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