Sanskrit song by a Chinese singer

Deshpande, Madhav mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Wed Feb 17 14:11:50 UTC 2010

While we are on pronunciation of Sanskrit, someone sent me the Youtube link for a Sanskrit song sung by a Chinese pop-singer.  Here is the link:

I would appreciate if someone can figure out the Sanskrit words/sounds she is singing.  The first word seems to be something like "namaḥ".  Best


Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
202 South Thayer Street, Suite 6111
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1608, USA
From: Indology [INDOLOGY at] On Behalf Of Gary Tubb [tubb at UCHICAGO.EDU]
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:06 AM
Subject: Re: INDOLOGY FAQ. Re. Varanasi

Dominik, we may be dealing here with, more precisely, English word
rhythm choices earmarked for attacking foreign words.  In speaking to
earlier generations of students, I used to call this the "Art Fleming
syndrome."  Art Fleming was the host of the television quiz show
"Jeopardy" throughout most of the '60's and '70's, and among his many
charms was the notorious practice of pronouncing every unfamiliar
foreign word as if it were Spanish (actually Spanish with an American
English accent, which would have him pronounce words like Ramayana and
Mahabharata with the stress on the penultimate syllable, but with a
non-Spanish reduction of the preceding vowel).  Mr. Fleming did this
with such confidence (following the advice of another great American
showman, P.T. Barnum: "If you don't know how to pronounce a word, say it
LOUD") that he probably helped millions feel reassured in indulging the
same instinct.

What causes speakers of North Indian languages such as Hindi to make a
similar shift in some English place names, such as "amriikaa" for
"America"?  Has Portuguese or some other language intervened in the
history of this word?


Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
> Some notes on English word stress rules:
> D

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