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Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Sat Jan 23 09:11:34 UTC 2016

Sorry for going back to a week old post by Mr Suresh Kolichala

> The copula verb man- 'to be' is replaced by ir- 'to be' in the South
Dravidian languages. As you know, ir- 'to be' is not found in
South-Central, Central and North Dravidian languages. (ir- most likely a
local verb for 'to be')

It is true that 'ir-' is not the copula verb in south-central. In Telugu,
the major language of the south-central, the copula verb is 'agu' (<ak) =
to be as/ to become. unD =to be which is found in Malayalam in copula
situations is found in Telugu as an independent 'to be'  verb in
non-equational VP sentences.

>(ir- most likely a local verb for 'to be')

gives me the impression that you consider that the root 'ir-' is not found
in south-central. But the word iravu ( as in chImalu peTTina puTTalu
paamulakiravaina yaTlu- sumatIs'atakamu ) is a nominalization of the verb
root 'ir-' only. The words rEvu , rEvaDu/ rEvaDi etc. form from 'iravu'
(<ir-) through metathesis.

Another point is,is it not a good idea to count the number of
Proto-Dravidian features retained by Tamil and the other Dravidian members
to decide which is the 'most conservative among Dravidian languages' ? ( I
do not think that there was any claim that all the Proto-Dravidian features
are retained by Tamil only and no other Dravidian language retained
Protodravidian features.)

Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies

FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,

(Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )

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