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Nouns ending in -du

A number of Tamil nouns that end in -du undergo gemination (parallel to the situation with nouns in du) to ttu. The geminated sequences are voiceless; the intervocalic non-geminate du are of course voiced and flapped.

Native Dravidian words and borrowed English words like roodu alike undergo this process. (Some Tamil speakers feel that English loans should not be subjected to this process, but naive speakers tend to do this anyway.)

Examples: paadu `lot, part' ԥ paattu `(of the) lot, part'; viidu ֥ viittu `of the house'; kaadu ԥ kaattu `of the forest, jungle'.



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