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Subject: Re: Menning
Author: তন্ময় ভট্টাচার্য্য   (guest, 192.12.12.136)
Date: January 19, 2012 at 8:50:54 AM
Reply to: Menning by gouranga ghosh
Most likely this is meant to be from anu- (following) +iS (cognate with English "ask" and means to seek or wish) = search. Though the exact feminine form anveSA is not attested in Sanskrit, it was probably formed to mean quest or something similar. In some East Indian prononciations, the -nv- (where in Sanskrit the -v- was an unaspirated voiced labio-dental, closer in this conjunct to English w than to English v because of lack of aspiration) is pronounced -nn-. The -S- was originally the retroflex sibilant, but that has disappeared from ost North and East Indian pronunciations today and merged with the palatal sibilant -sh- (like in English sugar) in most contexts.

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