Tamil Texts and Language
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Tamil (Tam. Tamiḻ) belongs to the Dravidian family of languages and has a continuous literary history that can be traced to at least 1st century CE. It is primarily spoken in South Asia, with the greatest concentration of speakers in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. As a result of migrations and resulting diaspora communities, Tamil is also spoken widely in Sri La…

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Archana Venkatesan, “Tamil Texts and Language”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 28 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_2010020>
First published online: 2012



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