etymol. final r, s / optionality of ext. sandhi?

Lars Martin Fosse lmfosse at ONLINE.NO
Wed Nov 26 09:29:22 UTC 1997

Dominique Thillaud wrote:
>>It is a little etymological pedantry.
>        "pedantry" est un peu trop fort. Louis Renou est français et
>l'effroyable orthographe de notre langue nous habitue "naturellement"
>depuis l'enfance à privilégier des formes "étymologiques" même si leur
>prononciation a évolué. Il ne s'agit donc guère que d'une manière de
>gallicisme ...;-)

"Pedantry" was not used in a "bad" sense here! I just repeated the wording
of the question. As for the two methods for teaching skt. to beginner: In my
opinion, the "pedantry" of Renou and Gonda is preferable if the student is
an Indo-Europeanist. Otherwise, Aklujkars method is preferable. Which method
you should choose depends on your perspective.

But above all: There was no slight intended against the French language! :)

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