Pronunciation of word final "a" in sanskrit

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Wed May 26 16:13:25 UTC 1999

I really meant Tamil Nadu and Kerala; You might have noticed
a tendency among Karnataka and A.P. high classes to disassociate themselves
from things Dravidian. All pervading Sanskrit impact in Karnataka
and A.P. may be the reason why word-final "a"s are dealt the same
way as the North.


--- "Chandan R. Narayan" <cnarayan at SOCRATES.BERKELEY.EDU> wrote:
> Its somewhat difficult to make sweeping statements like the one below...
> my parents are from Karnataka, my name is "chandan", my father's name
> "nArAyaN", my uncle's name "ranganAth", etc. We are very much "from the
> South".
> I think your question has to do with the tendency to shorten  schwa
> (saMvRta a) to zero word finally, thats all. See pANini on saMvRta and
> vivRta. This schwa deletion is typologically common.
> chandan

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