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Malayalam
Quick Facts
TypeSyllabic Alphabetic
GenealogyBrahmi
LocationSouth Asia
Time12th century CE to Present CE
DirectionLeft to Right

The Malayalam script is used to write the language of Malayalam spoken in the southern Indian state of Kerala, as well as the Konkani language in Goa. It is a descendent of the Grantha script.

The following is the basic Malayalam script.

Like other South Asian scripts, a Malayalam letter has an inherent vowel of /a/. To change this vowel to another, extra strokes called matras are added to the basic letter, as in the following example:

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