[INDOLOGY] kośa or koṣa?

Jean-Luc Chevillard jean-luc.chevillard at univ-paris-diderot.fr
Tue May 12 04:40:19 EDT 2020

"Gilead then cut Ephraim off from the fords of the Jordan, and whenever 
Ephraimite fugitives said, 'Let me cross,' the men of Gilead would ask, 
'Are you an Ephraimite?' If he said, 'No,' they then said, 'Very well, 
say "Shibboleth" (שיבולת).' If anyone said, "Sibboleth" (סיבולת), 
because he could not pronounce it, then they would seize him and kill 
him by the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites fell on 
this occasion."

[taken from:

Dear Professor Deshpande,

what would be a real-life shibboleth, among Marathi speakers?

-- Jean-Luc (in Müssen)




On 12/05/2020 02:22, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY wrote:
> This variation is facilitated by the fact that while श and ष are 
> distinguished in Marathi writing, they are not distinguished in 
> pronunciation, except by a few ultra-conscious Sanskritists of Pune like 
> the Late Professor Arjunwadkar in my memory.

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