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    Phoenetically spelling "prema"

    hi i was wondering how to spell 'prema' phonetically.
    it is a sanskrit word, pronounced 'pre ma' .sounding like if you were to say REM sleep, "rem" with a 'p' sound before and with "ma" at the end... "pre ma".

    thanks!!
    (by phoentically i mean the upside down e's and ae joined symbols...

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    Re: Phoenetically spelling "prema"

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    hi i was wondering how to spell 'prema' phonetically.
    it is a sanskrit word, pronounced 'pre ma' .sounding like if you were to say REM sleep, "rem" with a 'p' sound before and with "ma" at the end... "pre ma".

    thanks!!
    (by phoentically i mean the upside down e's and ae joined symbols...

    : )
    प्रेमा- /’prma/ An English ‘r’ is /ɹ/ , a trilled ‘r’ is /r/. The last vowel could be closer to a schwa.
    Perhaps one of our native Hindi speakers could check it.
    Last edited by Raymott; 17-Jul-2009 at 18:13.

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    Re: Phoenetically spelling "prema"

    My vote is for: /'prε ma/ as the digraph Ray has represents a sound that is peculiar to English (// as in hat) but I haven't heard it in any Indian languages. Note that we may only use "e" to represent /ε/ in English... in the true IPA they represent /e/ as in t (Fr.) and /ε/ as in hen.

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    Re: Phoenetically spelling "prema"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    My vote is for: /'prε ma/ as the digraph Ray has represents a sound that is peculiar to English (// as in hat) but I haven't heard it in any Indian languages. Note that we may only use "e" to represent /ε/ in English... in the true IPA they represent /e/ as in t (Fr.) and /ε/ as in hen.
    Unfortunately, the same // is used for hat and pram. I based this transcription on a recording of how to pronounce . - that is, in Hindi. Maybe Sanskrit is different. So, I'm not sure whether it is /e/, /ε/ or //. You're probably right.
    The following has /:/ for ऐ and /e/ for
    http://www.omniglot.com/writing/hindi.htm
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    Re: Phoenetically spelling "prema"

    Hmm, that's entirely possible. In any case, the OP thinks he heard the vowel from REM which is likely to be /ε/. Thanks for the Hindi info, I didn't know they had that vowel. I wonder if it's actually pronounced more like the French /ɑ/ because that's the only vowel close to it my ear has heard in the Hindi of my Hindi speaking friends. Mind you, they were both born in London, so ....

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