The most important point to notice in this alphabet is that the vowel inherent in
each consonant is, not a as in other .Indian languages, but a. Kote also that QQ the
initial form (there is, of course, no non-initial form) of a is treated as a consonants
much as the letter altfh treated as a consonant in Arabic.
For purposes of comparison, I here give the usual Burmese forms of the conso-
03 *«, a
O cho, 3C
Q to, 3 Ua, q <
00 f*»» 8 i
(9 J>»ff» (J !
oo jr«i c^ r«« co
oo ««, oo *«•
As regards vowels, except QQ a, Done of them have any proper initial forms. The
following are their non-initial forms. la a parallel column I give the usual Burmese
forms for the sake of comparison:—
L 1L c
(at pr. ot) 5 at*
^•N Ditto .......
"When a consonant has no vowel the sign - is put over the consonant, equivalent
to the Burmese * and the Bengali N. Thus, Chakma CO, Burmese 05 , and Bengali ^,
all represent the letter k, without any vowel.
We thus get the following examples of the way ia which non-initial vowels are
attached to the letter O") k& :—