Is "Sanskrit" Dravidian ?

Lars Martin Fosse lmfosse at ONLINE.NO
Thu Jun 10 16:29:35 UTC 1999

> >
> > Samar, why don't you get yourself Colson's Teach Yourself Sanskrit? Then you
> > would immediately know that "Sanskrtam" has nothing to do with Dravidian, and
> > that the ending -am is a very common ending for skt. nouns.
> >
> Yes, but Sanskrit is an Indian language.  Maybe it would be more
> relevant if -am was a common ending for IE nouns.

That, Paul, is precisely the point: -am is the Sanskrit equivalent of Latin -um and
Greek -on. The I.E. ending *-om becomes -am in Sanskrit.

> And many other words are of Austric or other etymology making
> up the vast majority of Sanskrit words.

Oh dear.

Lars Martin

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