Vatteluttu alphabet

Vatteluttu alphabet
Relation of Pallava script or Vattelutu to other modern scripts
Type Abugida
Languages Tamil
Old Javanese
Time period c. 700–present
Parent systems
Proto-Sinaitic alphabet
Child systems Saurashtra
Sister systems Malayalam, Grantha
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Vatteluttu alphabet, also spelled Vattezhuttu alphabet (Tamil: வட்டெழுத்து vaṭṭeḻuttu; Malayalam: വട്ടെഴുത്ത് Vaṭṭeḻuttŭ) (means rounded letters) is an abugida writing system originating from the Tamil people of Southern India. Developed from the Tamili (Tamil-Brahmi), Vatteluttu is one of the three main alphabet systems developed by Tamil people to write the Tamil language, alongside the more modern Grantha alphabet (Pallava or Grantha Tamil) and Tamil alphabet. The syllabic alphabet is attested from 6th century CE to +14th century CE in present day Tamil Nadu and Kerala states in India.[1] It was later supplanted by modern Tamil script and Malayalam script.

It was also an ancient writing system used for writing the Tamil language after the 2nd century CE replacing an older Tamil-Brahmi script based on the Brahmi writing system. This rounded form of writing was also used in Kerala to write in Tamil as well as in proto-Malayalam and Malayalam language. Currently Malayalam uses the Malayalam script.

Inscriptional records in the Tamil language date from 300 BCE to 1800 CE and have undergone varying changes through history.[1] The Grantha Tamil was an alphabet in which extra letters were created specifically for Sanskrit words. It was also a modified form of Tamil script to write Sanskrit granthas, or books. In Tamil many of the letters which are found in Sanskrit are missing.

See also


  1. ^ Agesthialingom, S. & S.V. Shanmugam (1970). The Language of Tamil Inscriptions. Annamalainagar, India: Annamalai University. 

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