Ancient Khmer / Cambodian Script

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Ancient Khmer / Cambodian Script

Postby YellowSky » Mon 05 Jul 2010 11:20 am

Hi, everybody!

I'm looking for any information on this script, it was used in ancient Cambodia to write Sanskrit and Pali:

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I can recognize several aksaras/letters, but still I cannot find their complete repertoire. I'd like to find out more about when exactly it was used, the characters repertoire, and at least some rules of their use.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Ancient Khmer / Cambodian Script

Postby kiwehtin » Tue 06 Jul 2010 4:20 am

This looks very close to the old Javanese Kawi script and also to the closely related Pallava found in inscriptions throughout southeast Asia:

http://www.ancientscripts.com/kawi.html (a rather idealised version of the early "standard Kawi of ca 900 CE)
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/pallava.htm
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Re: Ancient Khmer / Cambodian Script

Postby Jeisuke » Tue 06 Jul 2010 8:47 am

There is a book you HAVE to get. It's called

Vacanānukram Khmaer purān : tām silā cārẏk pureqaṅgar satvats dī 6-8 (Cambodian title)
Dictionnaire du Khmer ancien : D'après les inscripions du Cambodge du VIe.-VIIIe. siècles (French Title)
by Prof. Long Seam
Printed by: Phnom Penh Printing House
Sponsored by: the Toyota Foundation of Japan (when they had money)

It has lots and lots of script tables and examples ancient Khmer from various periods
There is no ISBN#

Trust me.....you must get this book!!!
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Re: Ancient Khmer / Cambodian Script

Postby YellowSky » Tue 06 Jul 2010 12:05 pm

Jeisuke, can you scan or make photos of the pages about this script?
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Re: Ancient Khmer / Cambodian Script

Postby Jeisuke » Thu 08 Jul 2010 7:00 am

I scanned a couple of pages and have them as a pdf. I don't know of any other way then to ask you to send me an e-mail at jglavy@gmail.com and I will forward it on to you.
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Re: Ancient Khmer / Cambodian Script

Postby YellowSky » Thu 08 Jul 2010 8:06 am

Thank you, Jason! :) I sent an e-mail to you.
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