On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 16:41:24 -0400, Mark E. Shoulson <mark@...> wrote:

> In Sanskrit, there's a letter for vocalic "r", so you can tell when it's
> a vowel. And yet there are words like "'satrva.h" where the r between
> the t and v is specifically a consonant. I'm not quite sure how they do
> that without it sounding like at least a very short syllable.

Dilettante's guess: like a Japanese "flap"? (Usually transcribed as an
"r", but seems to be a combination of r, l, and d (not ASCII IPA, btw.)

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