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At what point did the feminine ending fall silent in Semitic languages?

The feminine ending /t/ is retained in all forms in Akkadian, Ugaratic, South Arabian and Ethiopic. In Canaanaic (Hebrew) and Aramaic it is retained in the construct state but lost in the absolute ...
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Reason for visarga turning to [o] in sandhi

This is a bit of a historical mystery. Sydney Allen in his book Sandhi offers some conjectures. The premise that seems not questionable is that the original situation was that the language had z for /...
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Is the `n` in Russian 3rd person pronouns "epenthetic"?

According to wiktionary it is prothesis, which is to my understanding epenthesis at the beginning of the word: Following a preposition, a prothetic n- is attached to the pronoun in many Slavic ...
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removing visarg in sanskrit sandhi

No it is wrong. The correct sandhi and rules are as follows: रामः + रमते = रामस् + रमते = रामो रमते This is a basic rule in which word-final अस् becomes ओ before semivowels. This does NOT apply to ...
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Sandhi vs Assimilation?

Neither term would be wrong. They aren't mutually exclusive: sandhi is broadly defined as a phonological process crossing word boundaries, while assimilation is broadly defined as a phonological ...
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Is Indra grammatically irregular?

The rule applies to /n/ only when immediately followed by a vowel or /n m y v/. In Indra, grantha etc. /n/ is followed by the wrong kind of segment, therefore the rule is inapplicable, regardless of ...
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Is the `n` in Russian 3rd person pronouns "epenthetic"?

Whether or not there is a "better" term depends on your audience, and how annoyed they will be if you use the "wrong" term, according to their beliefs. You have apparently decided that this is to be ...
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Components of सर्वस्याऽपि

The avagraha ऽ is used to denote सन्धिः between two vowels. As @zwiebel noted, this convention is not strictly followed in print. For e.g रामस्य अलङ्कारः can be written in two different ways: रा...
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