[INDOLOGY] Pronounciation and transliteration of Marathi

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Sun Jul 19 03:00:33 UTC 2020

Dear Harry,

     Only the letters च, ज, and झ have alternative pronunciations, dental
and alveolar.  These are not optional pronunciations, but they occur in
definite words and definite combinations, but these differences are not
marked in Marathi Devanagari writing, and you need to consult a native
speaker for which ones are pronounced where.  Even the native persons know
this difference intuitively, but are not taught analytically in Marathi
schools.  That makes it difficult for non-native speakers to figure this


Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Sat, Jul 18, 2020 at 4:30 PM Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear list members,
> I need to provide a transliteration scheme to transliterate marathi hymns
> for english speakers to chant.  What I need is a list of those Marathi
> devanagari letters that have two pronounciations and what those
> pronounciations are.  For example in Marathi ज is pronounced in some
> contexts as ja and in others as za . I need to know the pronounciations for
> the other Marathi letters with two pronounciations.
> Also I have contradictory information about which letters have two
> pronounciations.  One source says its च छ ज झ , another source (the wiki
> page on Marathi phonology https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathi_phonology)
> says its:  च  ज झ फ
> Thanks,
> Harry Spier
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