Dravidian language

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a large family of languages spoken in south and central India and Sri Lanka

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Indian Languages belongs to the Indo-Aryan and Dravidian language families.
The claim on the language of Sindh is not taken seriously by most linguists and historians.Many scholars do agree that Brahui is a northern Dravidian language and that Brahui speakers are indigenous to Balochistan, but it is difficult to understand the absence of related languages in this family in the vast stretch of land between the Pakistani province and southern India.
The Dravidian language family, consisting of about 80 language varieties (both languages and dialects) is today spoken by about 220 million people, mostly in southern and central India, and surrounding countries.
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.
Similarity between Kannada and Malayalam and between Kannada and Tamil can be attributed to the fact that the three languages belong to the Dravidian language family.
Further thoughts on Japanese Dravidian connection, Dravidian Language Association News 5, no.
As far as languages go, Roger Lass is active as a historian of English and the full range of Germanic languages, and as an analyst of the phonologies of a Dravidian language, Kannada and a Finno-Ugric, Finnish.
Sivasankara Pillai's short novel Scavenger's Son, originally published in 1948, is a translation from Malayalam, a Dravidian language spoken in the southern state of Kerala, known as much for its radical politics and vibrant culture as for its scenic beauty.
During this period, he explains, Malayalam, a Dravidian language, came under the hegemony of Sanskrit a classical Indo-European tongue.
According to scholars, Tulu was the first off shoot of the Proto-South Dravidian language family 2000 years ago.
George, Ellis's brainchild, which, besides its official purpose of providing elementary language training to new servants of the East India Company, allowed British scholars to tap into a lode of Indian scholars, teachers, and textbook writers on the several Dravidian languages. A surprising conclusion--even to the author--is that the College did not so much provide a spark for the proof of a Dravidian language family, as its organization already embodied this concept from the time of its creation.
They speak a Dravidian language. How or when they acquired it and moved it to India is lost in time.
He says it is not descended from Sanskrit, as conventionally believed, but is 10-12,000 years old and was influenced early by the Austric-Munda and Dravidian language families.
His Kolami, a Dravidian Language (1955a) deals with an analysis of Kolami descriptively (structurally in Bloomfieldian terms) and also discusses its place in Central Dravidian, as well as providing an etymological index of Kolami words.