Tuesday, October 11, 2011

tamil oldest language

Tamil, oldest language

Tamil ranks 17th among the top twenty of the world's most spoken languages. Tamil is now spoken by about 80 million people in India (predominantly in Tamil Nadu, South India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia. Also, in Mauritius, Fiji, Burma, South Africa, England, Vietnam, Reunion and in several other countries wherever the Tamilians have migrated.
According to Professor Kamil V. Zvelebil, a noted linguist from Czechoslovakia and a scholar in Tamil Language, Literature and Culture, 30 million people spoke Tamil in 1973. But it should be a figure available on the figures in India. Dr. R.E. Asher, the famous Dravidian Scholar from England, has quoted in his book 'Descriptive Grammars' quotes the provisional figures from the Indian census of 1971 and says that 37 million people in India spoke Tamil as their first language; and continues to project 45-46 million as probable all-India figures for 1981.The figures for 1999, as given by 'the Ethnologue' (Languages of the World), including the second language speakers, Tamil is spoken by 74 million people. In India it is one of its official languages, and the first to be recognized as a classical language.
There are about 1,900 periodical publications in Tamil of which 360 are dailies till two years back.
Tamil ranks is written in a typical, non-Latin script, and is one of the cognate languages in the Dravidian family, sharing its features with Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and many other languages of the family, including the Thai, the language of Thailand.
The earliest epigraphic evidences go back to 3rd century BC. There are some 30,000 inscriptions in Tamil, the largest in South Asia.
Professor Zvelebil, has written on Tamil literature, in his book 'The Smile of Murugan' as this: "...probably the most significant contribution (of the Tamils) is that of Tamil literature, which still remains to be 'discovered' and enjoyed by the non-Tamilians and adopted as an essential and remarkable part of universal heritage. He has also called the Tamils "the Greeks of India".
K. Ramanujan, the noted Indo-Anglian poet, also noted the greatness of Tamil as a language and cultural medium. He said: "Tamil, one of the classical languages of India, is the only language of contemporary India which is recognizably continuous with a classical past.
Thousands of years, Tamilians had a continuous connection with Chinese and Egyptians due to medicines, constructions, and martial arts. The son of emperor pallava, the King Bothivarman in kanjipuram has achieved the second place next to great Buddha is the greatest and spiritual evidences of china. Worldwide people worship bothivarman due to science of yoga and martial arts brought by him from tamilnadu and wherever the buddhism, taoisim, zen, tibet followers have his statue near to Buddha in all temples. The school of martial arts shaolin in temple was started by him (People can refer about bodhivarman in many books in india, for detail study please refer (“tammapadham part-1, 2, 3 from kannadahasan pathipagam) by speech given by OSHO rajneesh. And many notes written by British authors published by Tamil university at tanjore for reference on pallava kings.
No where, ever in the world People fight for the mother language and committed suicide to save their language, but it’s happened in tamilnadu for Tamil. That’s the greatest history behind the language for Tamil in these recent years, the memorial building of “thalamuthu natarajan maligai” is one of the memorable witness by honored to them at egmore, Chennai.
Tamil is one of the three oldest languages in the universe selected by scientists for continuous monitoring and sending sounds of Tamil to space for testing the living beings existing in planets and galaxy, others two are Chinese and sounds of Egyptians.

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