[INDOLOGY] Whitney and doubling of "ch"

Hock, Hans Henrich hhhock at illinois.edu
Sat Oct 21 16:28:56 UTC 2023

In a geminate, the consonant duration is longer and is distributed over two syllables; the first part forms the coda of the preceding syllable (and, if the vowel of that syllable is short, make the syllable heavy), the second part is the onset of the following syllable. (A geminate, however, is not a double consonant, in the sense that each part is released; rather the articulatory gesture for the consonant is held constant during the geminate.)

I hope this helps; please excuse the somewhat technical language.


On Oct 21, 2023, at 03:44, Harry Spier <vasishtha.spier at gmail.com> wrote:

I asked if in the Rg-veda as chanted today, it is gachati or gacchati that is chanted and Madhav answered that in this youtube recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvk2JxmD7zI<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvk2JxmD7zI__;!!DZ3fjg!8FlAwo5r4YEjyYFgm1CcNqmAImPqcnnRcZhHLIdakLyfW9oZDgQ1ONi8tRyhN-hyXQKW8bWU61DBm4e9JEEPJOiAUT4$> he  heard gacchati.  But then I realized I'm not clear what the difference in pronounciation between a geminate and a non-geminate is.  In other words is the difference in pronounciation between gachati / gacchati ,  patra / pattra ,  karma / karmma etc. just that the geminated syllable is held longer than if it was non-geminated or is it more like gach-ati / gach-chati , pa-tra /pat-tra , kar-ma /karm-ma
Harry Spier

On Wed, Oct 18, 2023 at 6:16 PM Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu<mailto:mmdesh at umich.edu>> wrote:
In this recitation, I hear गच्छति, rather than गछति.


Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

On Wed, Oct 18, 2023 at 1:57 PM Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
To clarify one point. In the Rg-veda  as its chanted today, is whats chanted gacchati or gachati.
Harry Spier

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