m/anusvAra & s/visarga

Tue Nov 4 01:33:57 UTC 1997

At 12:48 AM 11/4/97 +0100, you wrote:
>Do sequences <...sk...>, <...skh...>, <...sp...> or
><...sph...> ever occur in the middle of any Sanskrit word?
>Yes, I know there are sandhi rules that normally force
>the conversion of <s> in such sequences to visarga or <S>
>(according to the previous vowel). What I'm asking is,
>are there, by any ill chance, words where, for some weird
>reason, those rules did not function?
>The reason I'm asking is this:
>Since I do a lot of ASCII input and typing <H> and <M>
>is a pain in the neck. I want to use in <s> for <H> (visarga)
>(or if it comes before a sibilant, that sibilant)
>and <m> for <M>. But before going ahead I want to be
>fairly sure I will always be able to restaure things
>from the context when I need to.
>For anusvAra I am 100% sure but I'd thought I'd mention
>it so as to make 101% sure.
>For the visarga, of course no problem can be ex-
>pected at the end of a word since <s> always turns
>into visarga there. In the middle of a word the only
>place I could find visarga is before <k>, <kh>, <p>
>and <ph>.
>Therefore I was asking: am I sure I will never find
><s> there in some weird word? (hence the first question)
>since I need to know that after having changed all
>my visarga to <s> I can restaure all those <s> to visarga.
>Thanks for your help.

I am not sure what you are asking, but here are a few.

yAska, saspiJjara, taskara


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