Vedic accent marks and anusvaras

Stefan Baums baums at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Sat Jul 5 17:00:56 UTC 2003

I would like to thank Timothy C. Cahill, Arlo Griffiths, Harry
Spier and Peter M. Scharf for their suggestions and references on
Vedic accents and anusvaras/anunasikas.  The introduction to
Vishva Bandhu's Vedic Word Concordance is indeed a good first stop
for the former: more comprehensive and accurate than Macdonell's
appendix.  What still remains unclear to me is the issue of Vedic
anusvaras/anunasikas.  While it is obvious that the different
Vedic traditions have developed many visually distinct and
fanciful ways of marking nasalisation, I wonder whether in any one
version of a given Vedic texts, more than two functionally
distinct nasalisation graphemes occur, and if so, how to interpret
them phonetically.

Best regards,
Stefan Baums

Stefan Baums
Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington

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