The Briny Muse : Forum : Language & Phonetics


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Language & Phonetics

12 Years Ago


The Tamil language, of which I am a native, was cultivated in its present form in the 6th century. Called the 'Tolkapiyam' it brought into individual existence that which the folks in the Indian continent found to be most accurately representing their culture and identity. In the previous period, the Scythian/Indic/Indian experience relied on Aramaic, Greek and Sanskrit. While the previous languages were written for a collective unitary phonetic experience, Tamil sought to divide the tones and create a sound that best expresses the duality in our lives (Male/Female, Good/Bad). It represented a language that described activity. Over the centuries it grew with the living experience and while appearing to sound disagreeable with the purely unitary sounds ( gallic, sanskrit, latin), it comes today, where possible, to combine with the English language in a way as to compliment each other's meaning and good intent. The result is quite pleasing and creates a foundation for faith and trust between the two groups. In a dictionary overview of languages, Webster classifies the world's languages (with some exceptions) as being Indo-European in origin.
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Re: Language & Phonetics

12 Years Ago


I can and do appreciate this glimpse.  Is the present Tamil a strictly national language or perhaps more of a regional dialect used by a variety of peoples representing numerous countries or perhaps states within a country or countries?  I believe cultures define themselves by the assimilation of imperatives.

I look forward to further postings.  Very informative.