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தமிழ் மொழி


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Tamil is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Tamil people of South India and North-east Sri Lanka. It has official status in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Tamil is also a national language of Sri Lanka and an official language of Singapore and Mauritius. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India and was declared a classical language by the government of India in 2004. Tamil is also spoken by significant minorities in Malaysia, Canada, South Africa, Fiji, Germany, USA, Netherlands, Mauritius and Réunion as well as emigrant communities around the world. Tamil is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world. It has been described as the only language of contemporary India which is recognizably continuous with a classical past and having one of the richest literatures in the world. Tamil literature has existed for over 2000 years. The earliest epigraphic records found on rock edicts and hero stones date from around the 3rd century BCE. The earliest period of Tamil literature, Sangam literature, is dated from ca. 300 BCE – 300 CE. Tamil language inscriptions written c. 1st century BCE and 2nd century CE have been discovered in Egypt, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The two earliest manuscripts from India, to be acknowledged and registered by UNESCO Memory of the World register in 1997 and 2005 were in Tamil. More than 55% of the epigraphical inscriptions (about 55,000) found by the Archaeological Survey of India are in the Tamil language. According to a 2001 survey, there were 1,863 newspapers published in Tamil, of which 353 were dailies. It has the oldest extant literature amongst other Dravidian languages. The variety and quality of classical Tamil literature has led to its being described as one of the great classical traditions and literatures of the world.
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Names (more)

[af] Tamil
[ak] Tamil kasa
[am] ታሚልኛ
[ar] التاميلية
[an] Idioma tamil
[az] Tamil dili
[bm] tamulikan
[be] Тамільская мова
[bn] তামিল ভাষা
[bo] ཏཱ་མིལ་སྐད།
[bs] Tamilski jezik
[br] Tamileg
[bg] Тамилски език
[ca] Tàmil
[cs] Tamilština
[kw] Tamilek
[cy] Tamil
[da] Tamil
[de] Tamil
[dz] ཏ་མིལ་ཁ
[el] Ταμίλ γλώσσα
[en] Tamil language
[eo] Tamila lingvo
[et] Tamili keel
[eu] Tamilera
[ee] tamilgbe
[fo] tamilskt
[fa] تامیلی
[fi] Tamil
[fr] Tamoul
[ff] Tamil
[gd] Taimilis
[ga] An Tamailis
[gl] Lingua támil
[gu] તમિલ ભાષા
[ha] Tamil
[sh] Tamilski jezik
[he] טמילית
[hi] तमिल भाषा
[hr] Tamilski jezik
[hu] Tamil nyelv
[hy] Թամիլերեն
[ig] Tamụlụ
[ia] tamil
[id] Bahasa Tamil
[is] Tamílska
[it] Lingua tamil
[jv] Basa Tamil
[ja] タミル語
[kn] ತಮಿಳು
[ks] تَمِل
[ka] ტამილური ენა
[kk] тамил
[km] តាមីល
[ki] Kitamil
[rw] Igitamili
[ky] тамилче
[ko] 타밀어
[ku] Zimanê tamîlî
[lo] ທະມິນ
[la] Lingua Tamulica
[lv] Tamilu valoda
[ln] litamuli
[lt] Tamilų kalba
[lb] Tamil
[lu] Mtamuili
[lg] Lutamiiru
[ml] തമിഴ്
[mr] तमिळ
[mk] Тамилски јазик
[mg] Fiteny tamily
[mt] Tamil
[ms] Bahasa Tamil
[my] တမီးလ်
[nd] isi-Thamil
[ne] तामिल
[nl] Tamil
[nn] Tamil
[nb] tamil
[no] Tamilsk
[oc] Tamol
[or] ତାମିଲ ଭାଷା
[om] Afaan Tamilii
[pa] ਤਾਮਿਲ
[pl] Język tamilski
[pt] Língua tâmil
[ps] تامل
[qu] Tamil simi
[rm] tamil
[ro] Limba tamilă
[rn] Igitamili
[ru] Тамильский язык
[sg] Tämûli
[sa] तमिऴ्
[si] දෙමළ
[sk] tamilčina
[sl] Tamilščina
[sn] chiTamil
[so] Luqada Tamil-ka
[st] Se-tamil
[es] Idioma tamil
[sq] Gjuha tamile
[sr] Тамилски језик
[sw] Kitamil
[sv] Tamil
[ta] தமிழ் மொழி
[te] తమిళ భాష
[tg] Забони томилӣ
[tl] Wikang Tamil
[th] ทมิฬ
[ti] ታሚልኛ
[to] lea fakatemole
[tn] Tamil
[tr] Tamilce
[ug] تامىل تىلى
[uk] Тамільська мова
[ur] تامل
[vi] Tiếng Tamil
[xh] Isi-Tamil
[yo] Èdè Tàmil
[zh] 泰米尔语
[zu] isi-Tamil

Language type : Living

Official language : Singapore, Sri Lanka,

Language resources for Tamil

Open Languages Archives

Tamil Wikipedia
Tamil Wiktionary
Wiktionary - Category:Tamil language [en]
Wiktionnaire - Catégorie:tamoul [fr]

Freelang Dictionary [en]
Dictionnaire Freelang [fr]
Omniglot encyclopedia [en]
Lexilogos Dictionaries [en]
Dictionnaires Lexilogos [fr]
Dictionnaires Lexicool [fr]

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ISO 639-1 : ta
ISO 639-2B : tam
ISO 639-2T : tam
ISO 639-3 : tam

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