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Maitani
"Proto-Romani is believed to have emerged not in the Northwest of India, as is sometimes reported in popular literature (and as was indeed suggested by some nineteenth-century scholars), but in Central India (see already Turner 1926). It shares a number of early developments that are confined to the forerunners of the Central Indian languages, such as šun-'to hear' from Old Indic (Sanskrit) śr̥n- (see Map 2), jakh 'eye' (via *akkhi) from Old Indic akṣi- (Map 3), or the phonological shape of the nominalising suffix -ipen (as in sastipen 'health'), from Old Indic -itvana (Map 4). This combination of features emerged during the early transition stage from Old to Middle Indic, sometime after 500 BCE, and proves that Proto-Romani began its history as a Central Indian language." - Maitani from Bookmarklet