ERIC Number: ED351852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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The Brahmi Family of Scripts and Hangul: Alphabets or Syllabaries?
A great deal of disagreement exists as to whether the writing systems of the Brahmi family of scripts from Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent and the Hangul script of Korea should be classified as alphabets or syllabaries. Both have in common a mixture of syllabic and alphabetic characteristics that has spawned vigorous disagreement among scholars as to their classification. An analysis of the alphabetic and syllabic aspects of the two writing systems is presented and it is demonstrated that each exhibits significant characteristics of both types of writing systems. It is concluded that neither label entirely does either writing system justice. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Asia (Southeast); Brahmi Script; Hangul Script; Korea; Syllabaries
Note: In: Linn, Mary Sarah, Ed. and Oliverio, Giulia, R. M., Ed. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 17, Numbers 1 and 2; see FL 020 603.