Introduction to the Tamil Language

The Tamil (தமிழ்) is a language spoken by the Tamils in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in Sri Lanka, and in Singapore and Malaysia. Tamil is one of the Dravidian languages. Tamil has proven to be a particularly stable language; the literature that goes back more than 2500 years is also easy to read for a modern Tamil.

Facts about Tamil

  • There are 77 million speakers.
  • The Tamil has its own script.
  • Tamil is considered a classical language; not only is it old, but it also has an independent history.
  • There are many dialects of Tamil.
  • Malayalam, spoken in southwestern India, is derived from Tamil.
  • The language is passed on by families abroad.
  • The ISO 639-1 code is ta.
  • The ISO 639-2 code is tame.
  • The SIL code is TCV.

Among the Indian languages, Tamil has the most ancient non-Sanskrit Indian literature. [1] Scholars categorize the history of the language into three periods: Old Tamil (300 BC – 700), Central Tamil (700-1600) and Modern Tamil (1600 – present).

Writing system

Historical evolution of the Tamil script.
The Tamil script is an abugida. In an abugida, the vowels are written off the consonants, and these consonants are the most important letters. Tamil has eighteen consonants and twelve vowels.

Tanglish is the intermingling of Tamil and English. Tanglish is widely used in Chennai, since much English is used in education and by the non-Tamil population of Chennai. Tanglish is something that is used by almost every student in Chennai. [3] According to some, Tanglish is replacing Tamil, and is, therefore, starting to threaten Tamil. Many advertisements are also made in Tanglish, often in the Latin alphabet. That is why there is a fear that young people will no longer be able to read the script. Many of these advertisements are for international products. For example, Pepsi’s slogan in Chennai was “ullam kekkuthae more”

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