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Are Devanagari letters R and S related?

Earlier forms of the script such as Brahmi 𑀭 = r, 𑀲 = s as well as related script (Gurmukhi ਰ = r, ਸ = s), reveal that it is a coincidence. It is interesting to note that Tibetan ར = r, ས = s which ...
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Why is Devanagari currently used for Sanskrit?

Even up to the 19th century, it was common for Sanskrit manuscripts to be transcribed and published in many writing systems, including the Perso-Arabic script. Devanagari was the first Indic script to ...
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Why is Devanagari currently used for Sanskrit?

As for when, Sanskrit was written in various scripts, according to Salomon (Indian epigraphy), and Devanagari was used for Sanskrit since the 7th century, and was only written in inscriptions from ...
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why the number of phonemes for speaking and alphabet for writing (वर्णों की कुल संख्या) in 'Sanskrit' language is fixed and specific?

There were no "developers" or "creators" of Sanskrit, or any other language except conlangs. The scripts used for Sanskrit also evolved organically, from the original Brahmi script, and although ...
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Mapping between Uchen, Devanagari and Lantsa help

This website may be of use. 1) The first one in your table (just the dot) is the anusvara, and is usually transliterated with aṃ (a + m with underdot) in the IAST standard. The second one (bowl and ...
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Devanagari digit variants

They are regional variants: Numerical Notation: A Comparative History, Stephen Chrisomalis (p.198, 199, 211) http://software.sil.org/downloads/r/annapurna/AnnapurnaSIL-features.pdf https://www....
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Transcription of Devanagari script

Does IPA distinguish like the way IAST does? Not quite The purpose of the IAST is to represent writing, with distinct letters for each distinct symbol in Devanagari. But the purpose of the IPA is to ...
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What is the frequency of Devanagari signs in Sanskrit?

Fortunately, the very same source (Whitney's grammar) used in your conjunct consonants link also gives the frequencies of individual phonemes, which I will take to be an acceptable proxy for non-...
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IAST transliteration of ड़ and ढ़ of Devanagari

The primary reason is that IAST was designed for the classical Indic languages which don't have those consonants. The diacritic nukta was introduced in more modern times. The conventional neo-IAST ...
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what does devanagari "RTSNY" (a conjunct consonent) look like? and what frequently used words (if any) does it occur in?

It looks like र्त्स्न्य, and Google keyboard happily generated it. Searching for it turns up the Sanskrit word कार्त्स्न्य n. (-त्र्स्न्यं) The whole, all, entire. See here.
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What commonly used words, if any, does devanagari "म्क्ब्श" (mkbsha) actually occur in?

You can compose fairly long conjuncts like ल्ग्म्ब्क्ष्र = lgmbkṣra, which is just a made-up sequence. Sanskrit allows some interesting clusters, whereas Hindi and other modern Indic languages have a ...
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Transcription of Devanagari script

The question (including the comment) has some misconceptions or misstatements, regarding Devanagari. Almost every Devanagari letter has a correspondence to some IAST letters. The Devanagari letter त ...
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Soft consonants in Devanagari

The consonants that your link calls "hard" and "soft" are now usually called "voiceless" and "voiced" respectively. This is the standard terminology in modern linguistics.
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Soft consonants in Devanagari

"Soft" is not a meaningful linguistic term, though it may be used for various idiosyncratic purposes in a given language (e.g. in Slavic, soft consonants are palatalized. See this discussion. Tamil ...
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Why is Devanagari currently used for Sanskrit?

There are two reasons. Firstly, the other scripts died out but nagari survived. As to why this happened is worth looking into, and probably has to do with printing. Secondly, its a North Indian bias. ...
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why the number of phonemes for speaking and alphabet for writing (वर्णों की कुल संख्या) in 'Sanskrit' language is fixed and specific?

As far as I know, the Devanagari script has no means to write the click sounds of the languages of Southern Africa (it surely hadn't that means in antiquity, and I am not aware of modern extensions of ...
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Devanagari digit variants

I have a feeling that these are regional. I've only ever used and read the standard "Bombay" forms (I'm actually from Delhi though).
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