Pronunciation of word final "a" in sanskrit

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Wed May 26 16:57:43 UTC 1999

> --- "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

If your ancesters, some generations ago, did not migrate from Tamil Nadu,
the corresponding names would be: chandanan, nArAyaNan, ranganAthan.
Probably Chandan, Narayan, Ranganath are from the Northern pattern.

Many thanks for SKC reference,

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