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Tamil is a Dravidian language in spoken Southern India, Sri Lanka, and Singapore.

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Are Tamil and Malayalam mutually intelligible?

I have read that Malayalam originates from Middle Tamil. This leads me to ask whether Tamil and Malayalam are mutually intelligible. Or perhaps just partly, or asymmetrically? I prefer either answers ...
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Statistic data on average morpheme-to-word ratios

I wonder whether there is any statistic data on morpheme-to-word ratio of certain languages. Is this something that can be and has been measured? The languages I am most interested in are the ...
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Why did Modern Tamil reduce its alphabet from Middle Tamil to Old Tamil?

It is generally known that Modern Tamil (since around a century) totally simplified its alphabet from covering all Indic consonants to only consonants in Old Tamil (as written in Tolkāppiyam grammar ...
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Why is (LLLA) ழ & (RRA) ற offending Tamil and Telugu people?

Apparently, two characters have been added to unicode: LLLA ழ & RRA ற From what I can tell the Tamil are up in arms & the Telugu are just as equally upset. @macblaze2020 wrote the ...
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Is there a grammar of Middle Tamil?

I am studying the Thiruppavai, a Middle Tamil poem, as a linguist and I wondered if any of you by any chance know of resources pertaining the grammar of Middle Tamil. Overviews of the history of Tamil ...
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Why is there such a dramatic shift in Tamil script during the 3rd to 5th AD?

I am relatively new to Lingustics.SE. I have no formal knowledge in Linguistics and I am unsure if this question is better suited for History.SE or here. Recently, I was reading about the Old Tamil ...
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Why isn't தமிழ் spelt "Thamizh"? Or at least "Thamil"? [closed]

In South India, there is a language called தமிழ். To pronounce it, த is "tha", மி is "mi" and ழ் is "zh". To pronounce "zh", try to imitate a baby saying the ...
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What type of language ( tonal, pitch- stressed etc.) is Tamil? [closed]

Languages are classified according to tones, stress, pitch etc. What type is Tamil language?
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What are the stopwords in Tamil language?

What are some of the stopwords in Tamil. The ones I could come up with were 'வது', 'ஆம்'.
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Tamil words which have vowels in the middle of the word [closed]

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"). ...
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