Nga (Indic)

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Devanagari Bengali Gurmukhi Gujarati Oriya
Nga Nga Nga
Tamil Telugu Kannada Malayalam Sinhala
Thai Lao Tibetan Burmese Khmer
Baybayin Hanunoo Buhid Tagbanwa Lontara
Balinese Sundanese Limbu Tai Le New Tai Lue
Lepcha Saurashtra Rejang Javanese Cham
Tai Tham Tai Viet Kayah Li Phags-pa Siddhaṃ
Siddhaṃ 'Nga'
Mahajani Khojki Khudabadi Syloti Meitei
- 𑈍 𑊿 -
Modi Tirhuta Kaithi Sora Grantha
𑘒 𑒓 𑂑 𑃗 𑌙
Chakma Sharada Takri Kharoshthi Brahmi
𑄋 𑆕 𑚎 - Brahmi 'Nga'
Phonemic representation: /ŋ/
IAST transliteration: nga
ISCII code point: B7 (183)

Nga is the fifth consonant of Indic abugidas. In modern Indic scripts, nga is derived from the Brahmi letter ng after having gone through the Gupta letter Gupta allahabad ng.svg.

Āryabhaṭa numeration[edit]

Aryabhata used Devanagari letters for numbers, very similar to the Greek numerals, even after the invention of Indian numerals. The values of the different forms of ङ are:[1]

  • [ŋə] = 5 (५)
  • ङि [ŋɪ] = 500 (५००)
  • ङु [ŋʊ] = 50,000 (५० ०००)
  • ङृ [ŋri] = 5,000,000 (५० ०० ०००)
  • ङॢ [ŋlə] = 5×108 (५०)
  • ङे [ŋe] = 5×1010 (५०१०)
  • ङै [ŋɛː] = 5×1012 (५०१२)
  • ङो [ŋoː] = 5×1014 (५०१४)
  • ङौ [ŋɔː] = 5×1016 (५०१६)

Devanagari script[edit]

Nga () is the fifth consonant of the Devanagari abugida. In all languages, ङ is pronounced as [ŋə] or [ŋ] when appropriate. Letters that derive from it are the Gujarati letter ઙ and the Modi letter 𑘒.

Bengali script[edit]

ঙ is used as a basic consonant character in all of the major Bengali script orthographies, including Bengali and Assamese.

Gujarati script[edit]

Nga () is the fifth consonant of the Gujarati script. It is derived from 16th century Devanagari letter nga (ङ) with the top bar (shiro rekha) removed.

Gurmukhi script[edit]

Ngangaa [ŋɑŋːɑ̃] () is the tenth letter of the Gurmukhi alphabet. Its name is [ŋɑŋːɑ̃] and is pronounced as /ŋ/ when used in words. It is derived from the Laṇḍā letter nga, and ultimately from the Brahmi nga. Gurmukhi ngangaa does not have a special pairin or addha (reduced) form for making conjuncts, and in modern Punjabi texts do not take a half form or halant to indicate the bare consonant /ŋ/, although Gurmukhi Sanskrit texts may use an explicit halant. Ngangaa rarely used. It cannot begin a syllable or be placed between two consonants, and occur most often as an allophone of /n/ before specific consonant phonemes.

Thai script[edit]

Ngo ngu () is the seventh letter of the Thai script. It falls under the low class of Thai consonants. In IPA, ngo ngu is pronounced as [ŋ] at the beginning of a syllable and at the end of a syllable. Unlike many Indic scripts, Thai consonants do not form conjunct ligatures, and use the pinthuan explicit virama with a dot shape—to indicate bare consonants. In the acrophony of the Thai script, ngu (งู) means ‘snake’. Ngo ngu corresponds to the Sanskrit character ‘ङ’.

Javanese script[edit]


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