Pronunciation of word final "a" in sanskrit

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Wed May 26 15:23:17 UTC 1999

 The south had a full word-final "a", it seems.
 Probably why modern personal names differ a little
 between north and south.

           north             |     south
           shiv                     shivan
           narayan                  narayanan
           ganesh                   ganeshan
           ram                      raman
           lakshman                 lakshmanan
           gopal                    gopalan

           and so on.

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