Modern Tamil

Authored by: E. Annamalai , S.B. Steever

The Dravidian Languages

Print publication date:  December  1997
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415100236
eBook ISBN: 9780203424353
Adobe ISBN: 9781136911644

10.4324/9780203424353.ch4

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Abstract

Tamil (tami?) belongs to the South Dravidian subgroup of languages. Spoken in southern India and northeastern Sri Lanka from prehistoric times, Tamil literature and other documents reveal three distinct historical stages of the language: Old Tamil (300 BCE to 700 CE), Middle Tamil (700 to 1600 CE) and Modern Tamil (1600 CE to the present). This chapter treats the modern language.

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