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    SOUTHWORTH, FRANKLIN C. 1990. The Reconstruction of Prehistoric South Asian Language Contact. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 583, Issue. 1 The Uses of L, p. 207.

  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Volume 12, Issue 1
  • February 1947, pp. 132-147

Dravidian Studies VI


A frequent phenomenon in Tamil and Malayalam loan–words from early XX Indo–Aryan is the dropping of an initial sibilant.1 More rarely examples occur in Telugu and Kanarese. Cases can be quoted for all the three Sanskrit sibilants, though the immediate source of the borrowings are forms with Prakrit s-.

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