[INDOLOGY] Source of the post-position ने in Hindi

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Sun Apr 12 16:06:42 UTC 2020

Dear Indologists,

     What is the historical source for the post-position ने in Hindi and
ने/नी  in Marathi?  I see some folks connect this directly with the
instrumental ending -एन, as in फलेन.  At least in Marathi, I noticed Jules
Bloch saying this this -एन simply becomes एं, as in देवें केले in Old
Marathi.  But then what is the source of देवाने/देवांनी  in Modern Marathi
and ने in राम ने?  Any suggestions?

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies

[Residence: Campbell, California, USA]

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