Is there any words in Tamil which have independent vowels in the middle of the word? If not why?

Tamil have special combined letters as "vowels + consonants" ("உயிர்மெய் எழுத்து"). But I couldn't find a word which is having only "vowels" standalone in the middle. The independent vowels I am talking about.

Tamil vowels not appearing standalone other than first letter in word. It only comes associated with "consonants + vowels" ("உயிர்மெய் எழுத்து").

  • why down vote? is it useless question?
    – sugunan
    Apr 19, 2021 at 15:51
  • I'm asking the question in Tamil language. Not about English.
    – sugunan
    Apr 20, 2021 at 2:26
  • It seems not possible. I want to know whether any grammar behind this.
    – sugunan
    Apr 20, 2021 at 5:29
  • You question seems to be answered as "yes" in the Standalone Vowels section of r12a.github.io/scripts/tamil . The example given is பெரீஇஇய Apr 21, 2021 at 16:58

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Yes, there are plenty. Here are some words of Tamil, which even gives a romanization. For instance puthagam, vengaayam where all of the vowels are in the middle (not at the beginning or the end). Some words have no vowels in the middle, for example oli (the only vowels are at the beginning or the end). If you mean exact middle, you'd have to define the unit of measurement. That might be "the exact center in a word in its conventional romanization, where the romanization has an odd number of letters" (e.g. sol). We need a clearer definition of "middle" if this doesn't satisfy you.

  • Those are "உயிர்மெய் எழுத்து". So this is to find words which have "உயிர் எழுத்து". They ask this question for school child. Seems there is a grammer problem, which is not to have "உயிர் எழுத்து" alone in middle. Not sure about the grammer.
    – sugunan
    Apr 20, 2021 at 2:31
  • It is not exact middle. Tamil vowels not appearing standalone other than first letter. It only comes as "உயிர்மெய் எழுத்து". Is it a grammer on tamil?
    – sugunan
    Apr 20, 2021 at 2:38

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