mahipaliha wrote thus at 04:50 PM 07-10-08:
>--- In Pali@yahoogroups.com, "flrobert2000" <flrobert2000@...> wrote:
>>Why do we count as long the vowels a, i, u preceded by double consonnants and does this mean one has to actually lengthen them when one pronounces them?
>In both Pali and Skt, a vowel followed by a consonant is counted as
>a long syllable: a single short vowel is a syllabic unit; when you
>add another sound to it it becomes 2 units. In actual
>pronounciation we can see that this makes sense.
Yes, it does. The relative length of time taken to pronounce "kaama" and "kamma" (both LS) is the same. The difference is where the sound dragson the "a" sound or the "m" sound.
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