branganathan wrote:You told us that the इत् can be added to an अनुनासिका. The example you showed us was the word पत्लृ and the last letter which is also a vowel has been turned into an अनुनासिका and because of this we can add the इत्. Under what circumstance are we allowed to turn a vowel into an अनुनासिका ? Is there a rule for this?
For the second example णीञ् there is not confusion as this already an अनुनासिका.
Dear Ranganathan ji,
Ah. I see the problem. You seem to be confusing the words अनुनासिका, which is the technical name for a nasalized vowel (putting the चन्द्रबिन्दु on top of the vowel), and नासिका, which is a location in the mouth for creating nasal consonants (such as ञ्, म्, ङ्, ण्, and न्).
We did not turn the vowel लृ in पत्लृँ into an अनुनासिका, पाणिनि has himself given it to us in this form. And in णीञ्, there is no अनुनासिका because the vowel ई is not nasalized. The reason we can flag the ञ् as इत् is because it is an ending consonant (by the rule "halantyam"), not because it is a nasalized vowel. In the case of पत्लृँ, we flag the लृँ as इत् because it is a nasalized vowel (using the rule "उपदेशेऽजनुनासिक इत्").
I hope this clarifies the confusion.
All the best,