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"To us all towns are one, all men our kin.
Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill
Man's pains and pains' relief are from within.
Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !."

- Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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TAMIL NATION LIBRARY: Language

"Tamil, one of the two classical languages of  India, is the only language of contemporary India which is recognizably continuous with a classical past..." *A. K. Ramanujan in The Interior Landscape : Love Poems from a Classical Tamil Anthology(1967)

[see also Tamil Language & Literature ]

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Andronov, M.S.. The Brahui Language. Moscow: Nauka PublishingHouse, 1980 111p

Annamalai, E. The 'Jim and Raja' Conversations (and cassettes).Tamil Language Study Association, 2127 Maple Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.(1980.) Spoken Tamil; tapes include material for comprehension and repetition.

Arden, A.H. A Progressive Grammar of the Tamil Language.Christian Literature Society, Madras 600 003. (Reprint of 1942 5th ed.)

*Asher, R.E. - Tamil (Croom Helm Descriptive Grammar)  Hardcover, 1989

Agesthialingom, S. - A grammar of old Tamil with special reference to Patirruppattu -- phonology & verb morphology, Annamalainagar: Annamalai University, 1977 [i.e. 1979?] 158p; 28cm

Agesthialingom, S. - The language of Tamil inscriptions, 1250-1350 A.D, Annamalainagar: Annamalai University, 1970
288p; 22cm

Agesthialingom, S. - A Generative Grammar of Tamil: a Fragment of Tamil Syntax, Annamalainagar: Annamalai University, 1967  256p; 22cm

*Britto, Francis - Diglossia : A Study of the Theory With Application to Tamil , 1987

* Caldwell, Robert A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian or South Indian Family of Languages

Book Description - (Reprint 1913 edn.), Dimensions: 22x15 cm - Chapters: Introduction; Use of the Common Dravidian; Enumeration of Dradidian Language; Tamil, Malayalam, Malabar, Telugu, Canarese, Tulu, Kudagu or Coorg, Toda, Kota, Gond, Khond or Ku, Maler or Rajmahal, Oraon, Dravidian Idioms, The Dravidian Languages independent of Sanskrit, Is there a Dravidian element in the Vernacular Languages of Northern India?, To What group of Languages are the Dravidian idioms to be affiliated?, dialect, Literary, classical dialect of.., High antiquity of the literary cultivation of Tamil, Earliest Extant Written Relics of the Dravidian Languages, Political and Social Relations.., Term Sudra, Pre-Aryan Civilisation of the Dravidian, Probable date of Aryan civilization of the Dravidian, Comparative Grammar, Souns, Dravidian Alphabets, Dravidian System of Sounds, Roots, Arrangement of Dravidian Roots Into Classes, Verbal Roots, Nouns, Gender and Number, Formation of Cases, Adjectivrs, or Nouns Used Adjectivally, The Numerals, The Pronoun, The Verb, Glossarial Affinities, Appendix, Book List: Books and Papers bearing on Dravidian Comparative Philology, published..

Daivasundaram, N., and A. Gopal. Tamil: An Auto-Instructional Course(and cassettes). Also: accompanying Handbook by S. Jean Lawrence and D.Ranganathan. International Institute of Tamil Studies, T.T.T.I., Taramani,Madras 600 113.

Gaur,Albertine -  Second Supplementary Catalogue of Tamil books in the British Library Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books -London: British Library, Reference Division Publications, 1980,512p

Jayapal, S - Yadava Dialect of Tamil - Annamalainagar: Annamalai University, 1978 131p

Kerslake, P., and C.R.N. Aiyar. Tamil Course for European Schools,5 pamphlet volumes. Christian Literature Society, Madras 600 003. (1972-77,12th ed.)

Kothandaraman, Ponnuswamy. A Course in Modern Standard Tamil:Laboratory Manual, Texts and Exercises. International Institute of TamilStudies, Madras 600 020. (1975.)

*Kothandaraman, R - Tamil syntax : new perspectives

Kumaraswami Raja, N., and K. Doraswamy. Conversational Tamil.  Department of Linguistics Publication No. 9. Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Tamilnadu.

Lehmann, Thomas. A Grammar of Modern Tamil. Pondicherry: Pondicherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture, 1989 (Second Edition 1994).

Lindholm, James. Elementary Tamil Help System. (Software)Tamil Language Study Association, USA

Mehta, C.L. - Jain directory: Who is who and Jain contribution in Tamil Nadu; Bhagwan Mahaveera 250th Nirvana Mahotsava, Madras: Dhanraj Baid Jain College, 1976,568p

McAlpin, D.W. A Core Vocabulary for Tamil. Dept. of South AsiaRegional Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 820 Williams Hall, Philadelphia,PA 19104. (1976.)

Narayanan, N.S. - "Ponn  Vilaiyum Mann Magal" (Land of Golden Opportunities)

A 36 page comic book in Tamil for school children written with the aim of promoting good language usage among Tamil students (aged 10 onwards) in schools. A glossary of words used in the story is given after the last page of the story. The story  revolves around an individual Indian young man, who comes to Singapore as a construction worker to eradicate poverty back in his home.. The book was written to raise funds for needy childrens' educational assistance and the publishing cost was generously underwritten by the management committee of Darma Muneeswaran Temple in Singapore.  The cost of this full-colour book is S$5/- excluding freight charges. Purchase inquiries from the author in Singapore at manthraent@yahoo.com.

Paramasivam, K., and J. Lindholm. A Basic Tamil Reader and Grammar,3 vols. (and cassettes). Tamil Language Study Association, 2127 Maple Ave.,Evanston, IL 60201. (1980.)

Pattanayak, D.P., et al. Advanced Tamil Reader, Part One; Text,Notes, and Exercises. Central Institute of Indian Languages, Manasa Gangotri,Mysore 570 006. (1974.)

Pattanayak, D.P., and M.S. Thirumalai. An Introduction to Tamil Script, Reading and Writing. Central Institute of Indian Languages,Mansas Gangotri, Mysore 570 006. (1980.)

*Perumal, V - Introduction to Tamil studies

*Pope, G.U. Handbook of the Tamil Language  Asian Educational Services, C-2/15, S.D.A., New Delhi 110 016. (1983, reprint of 1904 revised 7th ed.)

* Pope, G.U. A Tamil Prose Reader : Adopted to Tamil Handbook

*Rajam, Dr.V.S. - A Reference Grammar of Classical Tamil Poetry (150 B.C.--Pre-Fifth/Sixth Century A.D.) Published by the Amerian Philosophical Society, Philadelphia.1992

Rajaram, S. An Intensive Course in Tamil (and cassettes). Central Institute of Indian Languages, Manasa Gangotri, Mysore 570 006. (1972,No. 3 of CIIL series.)

Ramasamy, K. - Padayachi dialect of Tamil - [Annamalainagar]: Annamalai University, 1978 153p

*Ravisankar, G - Intonation patterns in Tamil

*Schiffman, Harold - Intermediate Tamil: A self-instructional methodUniversity of Washington,Seattle,, Department of Asian Languages, mimeo, 1974.

* Schiffman, Harold. Reader for advanced spoken Tamil Part One:Radio Plays. Dept. of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195. (1971.)

*Schiffman, Harold  - A Reference Grammar of Spoken Tamil, Christian Literature Society, Madras 600 003. (1979.)

*Sivakumar, C - A linguistic study of the problems in learning Tamil by tribal children in the Nilgiris

*Suseendirarajah, S - Jaffna Tamil

* Tamil Lexicon 6 VOLUMES + SUPPLEMENT Published Under the Authority of the University of Madras (1982, reprint of 1924-36 ed.)

Thani Nayagam, Xavier S. Ed. Tamil Studies Abroad - Symposium, International Association of Tamil Research, 1968

Tokunaga, Muneo -  Tamil -Tokyo: "Bunpo" Kyodo Kenkyu Project, Inst. for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo Gaikokugo Daigaku, 1981 47 leaves

Tolkappiyar - Tolkappiyam-Colladhikaram: with Kallatar's virutti,  Edited by T. P. Meenakshisundaran
[Madras: Books can be had from Government Oriental Manuscripts Library, 1971] 158, 431p; 24cm

tolkAppijap poruLattikAra mutaR pAkam - NaccinArkkinijam - Tolkappiyam Section on Porul, part I Nachchinarkkiniyar's commentary. Ed. S. VaiyapuriPillai. Madras : S. Kanagasabapatthy Pillai Publication, 1934.

Tolkappiyar - Porulatikaram: Akattinai iyal, Kalaviyal, Karpiyal, and Poruliyal  translated into English by E.S. Varadaraja Iyer; general editor, A. Chidambaranatha Chettiar 2nd ed [Annamalainagar]: Annamalai University, 1987
784p; 23cm

 * Thomas R Trautmann: Languages and Nations: The Dravidian Proof in Colonial Madras

*Vaidyanathan, Sowbhagyalakshmi , and J. Murphy. Tamil Newspaper Reader [tamiöl Ceytittåaòl Våacakam] (plus2 cassettes ). Dunwoody Press, P.O. Box 1825, Wheaton, MD 20915. (1990.)

Vasanthakumari, T.- Generative phonology of Tamil, 1st ed Delhi, India: Mittal Publications, 1989, 243p; 22cm

Vijayavenugopal, G -  Nominal composition in Tamil - 1st ed (Madurai): Dept. of Tamil Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University, 1979, 245p; 23cm

 

 

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