[INDOLOGY] Question about the letter (akṣara) ai in Hindi

Tieken, H.J.H. (Herman) H.J.H.Tieken at hum.leidenuniv.nl
Wed Jan 26 08:10:05 UTC 2022

Dear List members,

I am looking for information about the letter (akṣara) ai in Hindi: does it represent the long vowel (/ǣ/) or the short one (/æ/)? The word I have in mind is baiṅk in yunāiṭeḍ baiṅk o.ph iṃdiyā (United Bank of India). In English a in bank is short, but in Skt, to which my knowledge is restricted, the akṣara ai is long.

With kind regards, Herman
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