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.

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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.
While Hungarian is indeed a part of the Uralic family along with Finnish and Estonian and the ancient Hungarians were in contact with the people of the Northern Caucasus, the Hungarian language--one of a handful of tongues in Europe that is not Indo-European--is not related to Caucasian Kabardian or even the so-called Altaic group in which Turkish is claimed to be related to Mongolian, let alone the Dravidian languages.
Past studies have shown similar findings in the Indian subcontinent among the speakers of Tibeto-Burman and among the immigrant Indo-European languages as opposed to indigenous Dravidian languages.
Around 72 percent of Indians speak Indo-Aryan languages, 20 percent speak Dravidian languages, 1.
Sumerian, a language that may possibly be related to the pre-Indo-European Dravidian languages of southern India, has been extinct for at least 4000 years.
Mr Jung Nam Kim, who presented a paper on ''Similarity between Korean and Tamil languages'' at the World Classical Tamil Conference here, told Asian Tribune, Korean language should be associated with the Dravidian languages, especially Tamil which has many similar words.
Parallels are drawn with similar morphological patterns in Dravidian languages, but the Tsezic system of nominal stem formation remains very unusual from the typological point of view.