Prakrit

hattha=hand
bahira=outside
vahu=son’s wife
kOra=horse
tObI=washer
kANI=story
pai=brother
lihai=write
suha=happiness
sAhA=branch
maueda=crown
kayala=plantain
koha=anger
meha=cloud
dIva=island
vihalai=split
subha=good
makkaDa=monkey
Naha=nail

The Dravidian language Tamil retains a large number of old loans from Maharashtri Prakrit, even though its descendent language Marathi does not. This suggests that the prakritic base of other IA languages were overlayed by a secondary layer derived from a later degeneration of Sanskrit. This secondary layer is actually a Pan-Indian phenomenon and could represent the point of normalization of the Pan-Indian Sanskritic elite with respect to the Prakritic masses.

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~ by mAnasa-taraMgiNI on August 5, 2003.

 
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