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Andreas Johansson wrote:

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>I've, BTW, always been somewhat mystified that someone ever came on the idea
>of having graphemic zero indicate /a/ (or /O/ and so on depending on language)
>rather than phonemic zero. In a language like Sanskrit it may perhaps save
>typing, but it's certainly the last idea I would have stumbled on. People are
>weird.
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In Sanskrit, |a| is [log in to unmask]  Close to zero, though not quite.  'devanagari'
is pronounced, afaik [dew@na:g@ri](I know it's not actually [w].  I just
can't remember the symbol for a labiodental approximant.)