[INDOLOGY] Whitney and doubling of "ch"

Agnes Korn agnes.korn at cnrs.fr
Wed Oct 18 16:09:31 UTC 2023

Dear all,

If I remember correctly, there are different manuscriptal etc. 
traditions as for the notation of "ch" or "cch / chch". As there is no 
opposition of ch or cch, one can write one or the other. Whitney perhaps 
chose "ch" for brevity.

As ch / cch / chch makes the syllable heavy (i.e. is treated like a 
consonant group), a notation "cch / chch" is clearer than ch, but of 
course the well-versed know that "ch" counts as a consonant group ;-)

Best wishes,

Le 18.10.2023 à 05:39, alakendu das via INDOLOGY a écrit :
> Mr. Spier,
> I can cite an instance . We take the word"/ICCHA" /( wish or desire).
> Here, we have doubling of "/Ch" /after a short or long vowel .
> Regards
> Alakendu Das.
> From: indology at list.indology.info
> Sent: Wed, 18 Oct 2023 06:56:35
> To: indology at list.indology.info
> Subject: [INDOLOGY] Whitney and doubling of "ch"
> Dear list members,
> Whitney  in his grammar section 227 says about the doubling of "*ch*".
> "As a general rule *ch* is not to be allowed by the grammarians to 
> stand in that form after vowels but is to be doubled becoming *cch* 
> (which in the manuscripts is sometimes written *chch*). . .According 
> to Panini *ch* is to be doubled within a word after a long or a short 
> vowel."
> But if you look in his "Roots, Verb-forms and Derivatives" at the 
> entry  for *iṣ, ich * nowhere does he double "*ch*" not even after a 
> short vowel rather he has*i**chati, ichaka,* * ichā* and*ichu * . Does 
> anyone know why for this root in all his examples he didn't double 
> *ch* after vowels?
> Thanks,
> Harry Spier

Agnes Korn, PhD habil.
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