Pakistan - Urdu
Which one is the correct pronunciation, Nishast or Nashist? I've heard both, but I say Nashist. Are both acceptable? And also, how do you guys learn the pronunciation of a new Urdu word you read?
Actually it is not a new word for me, I was just curious. Although Urdu is my mother tongue but I have just started taking it seriously. I live in KP, so my Urdu is not so good 😅I would go for “nishast”. There are always variations in pronunciation of words, bearing in mind the vast area over which Urdu speakers are spread.
A good dictionary would give you what is considered to be correct standard pronunciation with deviations included. I would not necessarily go by the pronunciation standards of a vast majority of Urdu speakers, mother tongue speakers included!
For a mother tongue speaker like yourself, this word should not be new for you.
Urdu speakers do have variations for words of Persian and Arabic origins..... and Indic of course. A few illustrative examples.
I was about to flag this as inaccurate, because the normal form is निषण्ण, with -na instead of -ta (as is the case for a small group of roots), but then better judgement prevailed, and I decided to double-check. Turns out, Vedic Sanskrit did actually have the regular निषत्त too! Thanks! Learned something today!