Any suggestions!

George Hart ghart at SOCRATES.BERKELEY.EDU
Wed Jan 23 21:42:29 UTC 2002

In Tamil, there are no voiced or aspirated consonants, as you probably know.
Thus siddham becomes cittam in Tamil, zabda becomes captam or even cattam.
It is common even for Tamil Sanskrit pundits to tend towards Tamil
pronunciation when reciting Sanskrit.  Perhaps, if a Tamilian copied these
manuscripts, he was merely reflecting his pronunciation.  George Hart

On 1/23/02 5:52 AM, "marina orelskaya" <m_orelskaya at YAHOO.COM> wrote:

> I have been working with a Sanskrit MS produced in
> Gujarat about the same time and also with some MSS in
> Tamilnad (Tanjore and Chennai) transliterated from the
> Grantha and Telugu scripts into Devanagari by the
> local scholars (not Marathi speakers), apparently in
> the 19th and the beginning of 20th c. The peculiarity
> of writting 'ddha' as 'tdha' and even as 'tddha' (at
> random) is quite common to all of these. Moreover, the
> MS from Gujarat has been published by the Maharaja
> Gaekwad Royal Court in Vadodara by a native of Pune
> with the same 'tdha' in many places.
>             Hope, this also helps.
>                 Regards,
>               Marina Orelskaya
> Dr Marina Orelskaya
> c/o Department of Sanskrit
> and Prakrit Languages
> University of Pune
> Ganeshkhind Road
> Pune 411007
> Maharashtra
> India
> --- Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at UMICH.EDU> wrote:
>> While editing a Sanskrit manuscript produced in the
>> Marathi area around
>> 1824 A.D., I find that the copyist consistently
>> writes sitdham for Skt.
>> siddham.  There are some other features of this
>> manuscript which seem to
>> relate to the local pronunciation of
>> Marathi/Sanskrit, e.g.
>> I wonder what can one make of the spelling sitdham.
>> It is no major crisis
>> for my editing task, but any suggestions on sitdham
>> are welcome.  Regional
>> speech habits? I, a Marathi speaker, can pronounce
>> sitdha only if I hold
>> the closure for 't' longer, effectively separating
>> the syllables with a
>> gap, but not otherwise. Best,
>>                                             Madhav
> Deshpande
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