Is Devanagari ल्लाँ ambiguous?

Richard Wordingham richard.wordingham at
Tue May 5 08:23:46 CDT 2020

Is this Devanagari akshara ambiguous between "l̐lā" (with a nasalised
first consonant, as in Sanskrit) and "llā̃ " (with a nasalised vowel, as
in Hindi)?  If I understand correctly, the ISO 5919 transliterates the
first reading as "m̐llā", or "m̐l lā" if one is splitting words
combined by sandhi.


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