Did Sapan write on visarga?

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Did Sapan write on visarga?

Post by MiphamFan » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:45 am

I really dislike the "echoing" pronunciation of visarga in modern Sanskrit.

Did Sapan comment on whether Sanskrit speakers in his time also echoed the preceding vowel or pronounce it as just an aspiration?

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Re: Did Sapan write on visarga?

Post by MiphamFan » Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:05 am

I notice visarga is not really pronounced at all in Tibetan

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Re: Did Sapan write on visarga?

Post by MiphamFan » Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:48 am

Pali cognates to Sanskrit words with visarga regular drop it or assimilate it to a succeeding consonant.

I guess that means circa 4th century BCE visarga was already very lightly pronounced if at all in daily practice. The modern pronunciation of "aha" "ihi" is completely ahistorical and ruins the metre of verses.

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