Abahatta (also Apabhramsa Avahatta, Apabhramsha Abahatta or Purvi Apabhramsa) is a stage in the evolution of the Eastern group of
Indo-Aryan languagessuch as Bangla, Maithili, Oriya. Abahatta is considered to follow the Apabhramshastage, i.e. those Apabhramsha's derived from Magadhi Prakrits.
Abahatta which existed from the
6th centuryto 14th century, was contemporaneous with some Apabhramsalanguages as well as the early Modern languages such as Old Banglaor Maithili. Many poets composed both in Abahatta and a modern language, e.g. Charyapadapoets wrote dohas or short religious verses in Abahatta; the Maithili poet Vidyapatiwrote his autobiography "Kirtilata" in Abahatta.
The Abahatta stage is characterized by the loss of affixes and suffixes, loss of grammatical gender, increased usage of short vowels,nasalisation at the end or in the middle of words, the substitution of h for s, etc.
For the Bengali language, the Abahatta stage was followed by the Old Bangla (ca. 1100 AD).
* [http://banglapedia.org/HT/A_0001.htm Abahatta in Banglapedia]
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