One: Scansion and Related Matters


1.14 Syllabic equivalence

In canonical Pāḷi metrics it is clear that an equivalence was felt in the relationship between light and heavy syllables, so that to all intents and purposes 2 light syllables = 1 heavy (i.e. ⏑⏑ = ). This has given rise to two complimentary phenomena which may be seen in composition:

1) the resolution of one heavy (or presumed heavy) syllable into two light syllables: > ⏑⏑.

2) the replacement of two light (or presumed light) syllables by one heavy one: ⏑⏑ > .