Tamil words in English
DEVARAKONDA VENKATA NARAYANA SARMA
narayana at HD1.VSNL.NET.IN
Mon Feb 9 15:58:07 UTC 1998
At 09:31 AM 2/9/98 +0100, you wrote:
>DEVARAKONDA VENKATA NARAYANA SARMA wrote:
>> >A. K. Ramanujan once told me Koel is from tamil kuyil.
>> >He uses the word Koel in his translations from Tamil too.
>> Saying that all these words are from Tamil only may not be correct.
>> For example Koel can be from telugu "koyila". Telugu word is much
>> closer than "kuyil".
>Both forms and all the related names for the Koel or Eudynamis
>scolopaceus (Linn.) in modern Indo-Aryan and Dravidian languages are of
>course derived from Sanskrit kokila, Prakrit kOila, *kOyila.
You are absolutely right. But here we are interested in how "kOel"
entered English. That I do not think is from sanskrit or prAkrit. It
can be from telugu "kOyila" or from north indian languages like Hindi
which have the word "kOyal".
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