The Tamil language is the language of the Tamil people of India. It is estimated to have over 70 million speakers world wide. It is one of the two Classical Languages of India - the other being Sanskrit - and has official status in Sri Lanka and Singapore. There are also significant speaking populations  in Malaysia, parts of Africa, Fiji, the West Indies, and Mauritius and Reunion Islands.

With over two thousand years of history behind it, the Tamil language has one of the longest unbroken literary traditions known today.

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*This course is part of the Shared Course Initiative and will be taught from Columbia University using videoconferencing technology. For more information, contact Angelika Kraemer at ak2573@cornell.edu.

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Bangla    Burmese    Chinese (Mandarin)    Hindi-Urdu    Indonesian    Japanese    Kannada    Khmer (Cambodian)    Korean    Nepali    Pali    Punjabi    Sanskrit    Sinhala    Tagalog (Filipino)    Tamil    Thai    Tibetan (Classical and Modern)    Vietnamese