The Aryans (again); 19th century discourse.

Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan Palaniappa at AOL.COM
Mon Dec 28 19:34:39 UTC 1998

In a message dated 12/28/98 9:41:25 AM Central Standard Time,
wytrimbl at SAS.UPENN.EDU writes:

> So, the Sanskrit "dravi.da" is derived from the Tamil . .  "tamil"?  At
>  what point in you string is are the words Sanskrit and Prakrit and at what
>  point "Dravidian"
>  Tamil > > > drami.da/dravi.da  ??

While it is possible for some dead Dravidian language to have had a form
damiLa, but the forms with intrusive "r" are clearly Indo-Aryan. See Kuiper's
"Aryans in the Rigveda", p. 70-79 for a discussion of the insertion of "r"
when words are borrowed into Indo-Aryan. eg. tamiz > dramiDa,  kamuku >
kramu(ka),  pavazam, pavaLam > pravAla, pravADa (p. 70-71).

S. Palaniappan

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