Re: [INDOLOGY] Saṃmatu

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at
Thu Jul 2 22:57:06 UTC 2020

Halanta words changing into ajanta words during borrowing is typically a
feature of South Indian languages. That ending vowel being u is typically a
Telugu feature.

Samvat is pronounced as close to Samvatu with the lat vowel being nearlly u
in Telugu and some other south Indian languages.

But Samvatu changing into Sammati is uncommon in educated pronunciation.
But possible in the case of a scribe being rustic.

Possible in a Telugu inscription or manuscript.

On Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 6:38 PM Martin Gansten via INDOLOGY <
indology at> wrote:

> I just encountered the word *saṃmatu *at the end of a (Sanskrit
> Devanagari) manuscript where I would have expected *saṃvat*. I haven't
> seen it before and wonder if colleagues have -- perhaps it is a NIA form?
> Best wishes,
> Martin Gansten
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