Pronunciation of word final "a" in sanskrit

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun May 30 11:39:25 UTC 1999

Dr. Zydenbos wrote:
>I may add that Balaji Hebbar's orthography is not standard. School
>children here in Mysore, like my daughter, learn that they live in
>'Karnataka', with the final -a.

That is what I was wondering: Did not Balaji Hebbar write that
Sinhalese make use of word-final "a" and this adds to a
sweet lilting sound to the speech? Exactly like when Tamil
Brahmanas recite the ancient vedas!

All of us can make use of "a" at the end of the
word, Karnataka like Kannadigas do. Why, Karnatak?

N. Ganesan

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