Burmese picker notes/help

Updated 08-Apr-2018 • tags apps, pickers, burmese

This Unicode character picker allows you to produce or analyse runs of Burmese text. Character pickers are especially useful for people who don't know a script well, as characters are displayed in ways that aid identification.

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About the chart

Includes characters in the Unicode v10 Myanmar block used for writing Burmese.

Controls above the text area

Transliterate. Converts the contents of the text area to a Latin transliteration that provides a single correspondence between each Burmese symbol and a Latin symbol. It doesn't lead to a good phonetic transcription, but the process is reversible (unlike most phonetic transcriptions).

Convert to MLC. Produces a Myanmar Language Commission Transcription System transcription (see here), that basically latinizes the Burmese characters. The result doesn't normally tell you how to pronounce the Burmese text, but each Myanmar character is represented by a unique sequence in Latin, with a few exceptions. This transcription should produce fully conformant output, except that the picker uses a dot below t, th, d, dh and n to distinguish the Pali-derived symbols from the native Burmese ones.

Convert to IPA. Produces an output that is intended to approximately reflect actual pronunciation. It will work reasonably well but it doesn't take into account sandhi (voicing of non-voiced consonants) or vowel reduction (which means that many vowels are just pronounced ə).

Split syllables. Adds a copy of the text to the cursor position that has been split apart at syllable boundaries. Syllables joined by subjoining consonants do not have a space inserted. As with other controls, this works on a subset of the text if it is highlighted, and replaces any highlighted text.

Input aids

MLC to Burmese. Allows you to generate some Burmese text from a Myanmar Language Commission Transcription System (1980) transcription (see here). Where there are multiple possible choices, these choices are presented in a small pop-up box; click on the choice you want to insert it into the output area.

Mesher transcription. Allows you to generate some Burmese text from a transcription in the book Burmese for Beginners, by Gene Mesher. Same goes for ambiguous sequences.

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