A formal grammar for Malayalam syllables

I wrote about formal grammar for Malayalam conjunct in last blog post. Continuing from there, let us discuss the syllable model. A syllable is a unit of organization for a sequence of speech sounds. Each syllable can be considered as pronounciation units that constitutes a word pronounciation. For example, “മലയാളം” has മ, ല, യാ, ളം as 4 syllables. If you ask a native Malayalam speaker, “How many letters are in the word മലയാളം? [Read More]

A formal grammar for Malayalam conjunct

In Malayalam a conjunct(കൂട്ടക്ഷരം) is formed by combining 2 or more consonants by Virama(ചന്ദ്രക്കല). “ക്ക” is a conjunct with 2 consonants, formed by ക + ് + ക. സ്ത്ര is a conjuct with 3 consonants സ+ ് + ത +്+ ര. ന്ത്ര്യ is a conjunct with 4 consonants – ന + ് + ത + ് + ര + ് + യ. Conjuncts with more than 4 consonant is rare. ഗ്ദ്ധ്ര്യ is formed by 5 consonants. [Read More]