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Re: Language,Religion,and an information quest (or somesuch) [Mildly OT]

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Thursday, November 11, 1999, 0:20 writes:
>It depends on the transcription system. If I am not mistaken, >the Sanskrit phoneme there is a retroflex fricative, which to >English speakers would probably sound like /S/. Other more >literalist transcriptions render that with a little dot.
Well,in the pronunciation guide for my Hindu Myth book, a full /S/ sound is represented as 's' with a small dot under it. It also has 's' with what looks like an accent over it, that the author says is pronounced halfway between /S/ and /s/, and the 's' with an accent is what they use for Shiva's name in the book (which is part of the reason I call Shiva, Siba in Saalangal). If you want to go look for the book, it's a small paper back book with the title "Hindu Myths", published by Penguin (Classics). Thr pronunciation guide also tells you how ro pronounce other sounds correctly, but i cant seem to get it down (oh and you should have heard people in my class attempt to say the names and words in the book, a lot of stumbling there). Of all the books with myths we had to read in my class, the Hindu Myths often were the hardest to fully understand (it seems you have to be a Brahmin and know the Rig Vedas, Mahabharata, and the Puranas by heart to understand it all fully! _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- 'The beginning calls for courage; the end demands care'