Dravidian languages

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Related to Dravidian languages: Sanskrit, Brahui
a group of languages of Southern India, which seem to have been the idioms of the natives, before the invasion of tribes speaking Sanskrit. Of these languages, the Tamil is the most important; Telegu, Malayalam, and Kannada are included. These languages are distinct from the Indo-European family of languages.

See also: Dravidian

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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There are evident similarities between Dravidian languages and Brahui in Balochistan and Elamite near Zagros mountains.
Among Dravidian languages, Tamil has achieved F-score of 64% for the baseline system.
Andronov studied at the University of Madras in the late 1950s and was one of the first European scholars to master Dravidian languages. In 1962 his first book titled Conversational Tamil and its Dialects was published in the Soviet Union.
"The study of the Dravidian languages is crucial for understanding prehistory in Eurasia, as they played a significant role in influencing other language groups," said Annemarie Verkerk of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
Sridevi could excel in her native Tamil apart from Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu, the four so-called Dravidian languages she spoke and performed memorable roles in with ease.
Dravidian languages tend to have no diphthongs or vowel clusters; Brahui has them; Elamite does not.
The language is now considered the parent language of 7,000 Dravidian languages spoken in the Deccan in India.
Terming it as mother language of 7000 years old Dravidian Languages of Indus civilization, the researcher scholars emphasized on further research on the origin of Brahui language which according to them would help in resolving the question of the languages of Mohen Jo Daro, Harapa and Mehrgarah civilizations.
Tulu is a language of the masses, language of the people who have struggled for centuries, one of the oldest Dravidian languages, language of the saints and poets, language of the hills, rivers and valleys which treasured the beauties of the nature, language which unites people by heart and mind, language of peace and compassion.
Majority of India's population are using Indo-European and Dravidian languages. The former are spoken mainly in northern and central regions and the latter in southern India.
The first essay by LaszloMaracz deals with the expedition to the North Caucasus of Hungarian linguist Count Balint de Szentkatolna (1844-1913) who studied and developed a dictionary for Kabardian and believed that the language was "Turanian" and part of a hypothesized family including Uralic, Altaic and Dravidian languages, a controversial idea.