Re: Retroflexes in Sanskrit

From: nathrao
Message: 14232
Date: 2002-08-05

You can read the extended discussion in the Indology list (archives
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as well as the old IE list that was run by Rich Alderson (archives

Note that it would be incorrect to say that Vedic didnot have
retroflexes. The claim is that they would have been allophones
as the conditioning evoirnment had not disappeared yet. This
depends on how you define a phoneme: Sanskrit dictionaries do
not give actual words (but stems which are strictly speaking
abstractions) so you cannot look for minimal contrasts using