Is "Sanskrit" Dravidian ?
thompson at JLC.NET
Thu Jun 10 21:16:41 UTC 1999
It is good that you pointed this out. What I said here is wrong. I meant
that one third *of foreign words* in Hindi cannot be attributed to
Dravidian or Munda, but rather to this language x. I did not mean one third
of all Hindi words.
These borrowed terms tend to be agricultural terms, by the way.
Sorry for the slip.
At 01:48 PM 6/10/1999 -0700, you wrote:
>--- George Thompson <thompson at JLC.NET> wrote:
>> Finally, this figure of 5 % includes borrowings from one or more other
>> languages that are otherwise unknown to us [see the 'language x'' posited
>> by Masica, accd to whom possibly one third of the Hindi lexicon may be
>> borrowed from this unknown source].
>If Dravidian linguists take a look at those words, they may well turn out to
>be from their specialty. Sure, the 33% words from 'language x' (unknown)
>will come down substantially.
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