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Dravidian - LoveToKnow 1911 (2235 words)
The various Dravidian languages, with the number of speakers returned at the census of 1901, are as follows: Of these Tamil and Malayalam can be considered as two dialects of one and the same language, which is, in its turn, closely related to Kanarese.
In the north-eastern part of the Dravidian territory, to the east of Chanda and Bhandara, the usual state of affairs is that Dravidian dialects are spoken in the hills while Aryan forms of speech prevail in the plains.
The oldest known specimen of a Dravidian language occurs in a Greek play which is preserved in a papyrus of the 2nd century A.D. The exact period to which the indigenous literature can be traced back, on the other hand, has not been fixed with certainty.
Dravidian languages - Encyclopedia.com (1115 words)
Dravidian languages, family of about 23 languages that appears to be unrelated to any other known language family.
It is thought that the Dravidian tongues are derived from a language spoken in India prior to the invasion of the Aryans c.1500 BC Dravidian languages are noted for retroflex and liquid sound types.
The Dravidian languages have their own alphabets, which go back to a common source that is related to the Devanagari alphabet used for Sanskrit.
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