Conventions of depicting vowel sounds in Roman script

June 16, 2006

We have developed, quite informally but fairly consistently, a way of depicting different vowel sounds in the sometimes non-phonetic Roman script(“a” could be sounded as “harp”, “hare”, “hash”; “c” could be “care”, “citron” and so on.) Roman script seems incredibly random to us Indians, because our language scripts are phonetic, some very precisely so. (Kannada is the language I know, which has the widest range of phonetic letters. it even has “e”, “E” “o” and “O” (see below), which even Devanagari doesn’t have.)

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Meme from s LJ

June 15, 2006
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Average number of words per sentence:22.85
Average number of syllables per word:1.45
Total words in sample:4684
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Weird impulses...

June 15, 2006

Was sitting and practising my Carnatic music for the chamber concert next month, when I was assailed by the irresistible urge to sing  the beautiful song, “zaraa see aahat” (I also had a vivid mental image of  the beauty of Priya Rajvansh in the video clip of the movie that I have watched a few times on TV)…so left off Simhendra Madhyamam and sang that instead! (mem. my singing on both counts is rusty!)

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