[INDOLOGY] Long and short vowels in Indian languages

rajam rajam at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 3 19:10:18 UTC 2022

Literary/Standard, however you want to label it, Tamil does distinguish its vowels by length — short or long.

However, in today's slurred/dialectal speech or even in Carnatic music the intended vowel length collapses here and there. 

Only a good socio-ethno linguist would be able to provide an accurate analysis. 


> On Mar 3, 2022, at 7:11 AM, Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
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> I was asked if all Indian languages (North and South) have vowels differentiated by length.
> Thanks,
> Harry Spier
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