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Friday, April 12, 2013

Verb endings that are contractions

I think these are more formally called വിനയെച്ചം (verb-endings) but I am not fully sure. These may indicate how the language evolved.

-ണം, denoting must, was perhaps a contraction of വേണം E.g. വരണം = വര + വേണം 

-ണ്ടാ , denoting "don't do" it, is from വേണ്ടാ . E.g. വരേണ്ടാ = വര + വേണ്ടാ 

-ട്ടോ, adding emphasis/assurance may be from കേട്ടോ e.g. വരാട്ടോ = വരാം + കേട്ടോ 

Do you know of other verb endings like these?