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Tamil Vowels

ST has a ten-vowel system with long and short i ii, e ee, a aa, o oo, and uu.The diphthongs ai and au found in LT are not usual in ST; a few loan words contain au, but often these can be represented by avu as in pavundu `pound'. We use throughout this grammar the double-letter representation of long vowels, except where we are being explicitly phonetic. That is, will be transcribed as aa except when a purely phonetic representation is wanted, then it will be [a '161 ].