Pronouncing l and ḷ (with a dot)

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Pronouncing l and ḷ (with a dot)

Postby Upasaka Sumana » Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:01 pm

In my book it says that the Pali l is pronounced like the l in sell while the Pali (l with a dot under it) is pronounced like the l in felt; however I don't see a difference between the ls in sell and felt. If there were a difference it would be between e.g. "sell" and "lot". So what's the difference between l and ?
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Rather light a candle than complain about darkness.
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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
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Think not lightly of evil, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.
Think not lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.

~Dhp. 121-122

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Re: Pronouncing l and ḷ (with a dot)

Postby daverupa » Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:00 pm

l and ḷ: there is virtually no difference between these sounds; l is pronounced with the tongue close to or touching the teeth; ḷ with the tongue touching the roof of mouth.

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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]

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Re: Pronouncing l and ḷ (with a dot)

Postby Upasaka Sumana » Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:07 pm

Thank you!
Metta,
Sumana

Rather light a candle than complain about darkness.
~Chinese proverb


The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
~Nelson Mandela


Think not lightly of evil, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills himself with evil.
Think not lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.

~Dhp. 121-122


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