The Thai alphabet is derived from the Old Khmer script , which is a southern Brahmic style of writing called Vatteluttu. Vatteluttu was also commonly referred to as the Pallava script by scholars of Southeast Asian studies such as George Coedes.According to tradition it was created in 1283 by King Ramkhamhaeng the Great.Thai letters do not have small and capital forms like the Roman alphabet. Space between words is not used, except in certain linguistically motivated cases.
There are 44 consonants representing 21 distinct consonant sounds. Duplicate consonants either correspond to sounds that existed in Old Thai at the time the alphabet was created but no longer exist (in particular, voiced obstruents such as b d g v z), or different Sanskrit and Pali consonants pronounced identically in Thai. There are in addition four consonant-vowel combination characters not included in the tally of 44.
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