Stress patterns in Sanskrit

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Wed Feb 12 21:19:38 UTC 2003

Hi Rich, good to hear from you.  Are you thinking about modern pronunciation of Sanskrit, or the historical accent of Sanskrit?  These two are evidently completely unrelated and hence need to be looked at independently.


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> From:         Richard Salomon
> Reply To:     Indology
> Sent:         Wednesday, February 12, 2003 4:07 PM
> To:   INDOLOGY at
> Subject:           Stress patterns in Sanskrit
> Dear Madhav,
> Do you think that the standard textbook rule of thumb for stress accent in
> Sanskrit (penultimate or antepenultimate syllable) is accurate in all cases?
> Is there, for example, a tendency to stress the root syllable in verb forms
> contrary to this rule (e.g. ku'rvanti, pratipa'dayanti)? Or can there be a
> double stress (primary  + secondary) in some long words? Or does the pattern
> vary from region to region or speaker to speaker? In short, is there any
> real standard on this, and if so, what is it?
> Please send me your thoughts when you get a chance. Nothing urgent.
> Rich

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