Lesson 1: Phonology
Before we take up Sanskrit’s phonology (sound system) in detail, it’s useful to step back and see why it’s important to do so in the first place.
For those interested in the Sanskrit grammarians’ discovery of articulatory phonetics, see Frits Staal’s paper here.
Answer the following questions in the box below. (In addition, if anything in the video was unclear or you have any feedback about it, please provide it in the space below.)
- What is a “place of articulation”? Give an example of two sounds produced at the same place of articulation.
- What is the difference between “voiced” and “unvoiced” sounds? Name an example of each.
- What’s the difference between a “nasal” consonant and any other?