Date: Wed Feb 12 2003 - 18:14:19 EST
No halant is needed. What appears as the stand alone R vowel with a
superscript reph hook above is the rendering of the r consonant (U+0930) and
the vowel sign vocalic R (U+0943). This is demonstrated by the chart of
consonant and vowel combinations in Despande's Sanskrit primer (I don't have
a copy at home to give a page number) and the sorting in Monier WIlliams'
Sanskrit English Dictionary (page 554, middle of second column) where we find:
1. "nir_uha" (_u for long u)
2. "nir.ri (.ri for the vocalic r)
In the first and third of these the standard vowel sign is used leading to
the conclusion that reph above the stand alone vocalic is how the r consonant
+ vocalic r vowel sign combination is rendered.
Jim Agenbroad (retired, at home at firstname.lastname@example.org )
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