Re: [INDOLOGY] Saṃmatu
martingansten at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 07:03:51 UTC 2020
Thank you, Nagaraj. The manuscript in question is in Devanagari and
belongs, according to the label, to the Lal Chand library at DAV
College, Chandigarh, so I doubt if the scribe was a South Indian. I may
add that it is a few centuries old, dated 1644 CE, though the label says
सं १९०१ (for १७०१) by mistake.
A web search for संमतु turns up a very limited number of hits, but the
first one is similar in context to 'my' manuscript:
इति श्री उत्तरकॉड सम्पूरण मसतु सुभमसुत ॥ संमतु ॥ 1860 ॥ मिती पौछ की
इकादसी थित। वार शुकर ॥
This is from a book entitled भारतीय भाषाओं में रामकथा (पंजाबी भाषा), so
perhaps we are looking at a northwestern rather than a southern phenomenon?
Den 2020-07-03 kl. 00:57, skrev Nagaraj Paturi:
> 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 list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> 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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