Pali in Thai Script

Christopher Fynn chris.fynn at
Thu Mar 27 16:48:05 CDT 2014

On 28/03/2014, Ed Trager <ed.trager at> wrote:

> Hi, Chris,

> Besides the scripts you mention, there is also Tai Tham as Richard
> mentioned

Several un-encoded Mon and Shan scripts too - as well as other Indic scripts.
> In theory, writing a utility to convert Pali written in any of those
> scripts to any one of the other scripts should not be too difficult but ...

> * Modern phonetically-based Lao lacks some of the traditional letters that
> are still preserved in Thai and other scripts.

Are there old Lao characters (once) used for writing Pāḷi?

Even if there is not a  1 to 1 correspondence - as long as there is
consistency in the way Pāḷi is written in each script - and you know
you are dealing with Pāḷi and not another language written in that
script, it should be possible.

> * At least as far as Tai Tham goes, it seems that Tai Tham spelling is not
> consistent with Central Thai spelling when it comes to Sanskrit and
> Pali-derived words ... I don't really know much about this -- just my own
> limited observations. Probably somebody else here like Richard Wordingham
> or Martin Hosken knows a lot more about this than I do ...

A problem might be if scribal errors have crept in over the centuries
and some of these misspellings have become accepted in one script or

I think there is work going on to make a very carefully edited
critical edition of the Pāḷi Canon - it
would be useful to be able to convert and print this out in the
scripts used in the different countries where Theravāda Buddhism is

> ... so maybe in reality it is not so simple to do?
> - Ed
> On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM, Christopher Fynn
> <chris.fynn at>wrote:
>> On 27/03/2014, Richard BUDELBERGER <budelberger.richard at>
>> wrote:
>> > And now, Pali. Not Thai in Pali script, but Pali in Thai script…
>> There is no standard script for Pāḷi - It is often written in
>> Devanagri, Sinhala, Myanmar, Thai, Lao, Khmer, Latin, and several
>> other scripts.
>> I do think there is quite a need for a utility to convert Pāḷi written
>> in any one of these scripts to any of the others,
>> - Chris

More information about the Unicode mailing list