Urdu: words with -e- joining two words

Discussion in 'Indo-Iranian Languages' started by bjoleniacz, Aug 30, 2010.

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  1. bjoleniacz Senior Member

    Durham, NC, USA
    English, USA
    Hi,
    I am trying to figure out the meaning of the letter "e" in between word parts in Urdu words like "jaan-e-mann", "dil-e-jana", etc. These words appear to be of Persian origin. I am studying Hindi but encounter these Urdu words in movie titles, etc, and I have never seen anything in my Hindi books about these constructions.

    Thanks!
     
  2. teaboy Senior Member

    USA
    English
    Think of it as "of". But it is not a postposition like ka, but rather works like in English. So, for instance Bagh-e-Jinnah is the Garden of Jinnah. Jaan-e-man is Life of [my] mind/heart.
     
  3. bjoleniacz Senior Member

    Durham, NC, USA
    English, USA
    Is this an Urdu preposition, or is it only found in already intact persian words? Can new Urdu words be created using it?
     
  4. panjabigator

    panjabigator Senior Member

    غریب الوطن
    Am. English
    Moderator note
    We already have a thread on Izafat constructions over here. Please continue this discussion in said thread.

    Cheers,
    Panjabigator
     
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