Inscriptions and Dravidian sound changes "y" > "c" and "y" >

Robert Zydenbos zydenbos at FLEVOLAND.XS4ALL.NL
Wed May 27 20:38:24 UTC 1998

Replies to msg 26 May 98: indology at (DEVARAKONDA VENKATA NARAYANA SARMA)

 nVNI> At 07:31 PM 5/25/98 EDT, S.Palaniappa wrote:

>The hyper-corrective behavior Krishnamurti mentions can be expected from a
>person with literacy in Sanskrit and comparative/historical linguistic

 nVNI> This is not correct. It is the illiterate person who is
 nVNI> afraid that he is pronouncing a word wrongly that tries to
 nVNI> hypercorrect.

Not necessarily so. See e.g. an article by Wm. Labov, "Hypercorrection by the lower middle class as a factor in linguistic change", in Wm. Bright, _Sociolinguistics_ (The Hague/Paris. 1966), pp. 84-113.

It is precisely due to an awareness of what sort of thing is correct (but not quite understanding why) that hypercorrection can occur at all. Literacy actually increases this (plain 'literacy' is not the same as 'learning' and 'understanding').

Robert Zydenbos
zydenbos at

More information about the INDOLOGY mailing list