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Thread poster: Aspena
Aspena
Czech Republic
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Feb 3, 2004

We have a document here and wonder, what kind of language it is?

Please use the link below to check it out, appreciate your help.

Many thanks.

Michal.

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Anil Goyal  Identity Verified
India
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Tamil or Sinhala Feb 3, 2004

The language is either Tamil (spoken in Southern state of India, Tamilnadu) or Sinhala (Spoken in Srilanka). Script for both languages are very similar.

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jmadsen  Identity Verified
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Try Omniglot.com Feb 3, 2004

At www.omniglot.com there is a nice overview of all known writing systems of the world.

Jørgen


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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
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It is Tamil, my mother tongue Feb 3, 2004

It is actually a letter. It seems to have been addressed to one named "Mano". Most probably a Srilankan Tamil has written it. By the way the scripts of Sinhala and Tamil are not at all similar. This is just for your information.
Regards,
N.Raghavan
aspena wrote:

We have a document here and wonder, what kind of language it is?

Please use the link below to check it out, appreciate your help.

Many thanks.

Michal.

http://www.prvni.com/language/unknown.jpg[/quote]

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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
Hungary
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Singalese vs Tamil Feb 3, 2004

Singalese predominantly uses circular letters (what I quite ignoralntly refer to as "worms"), while Tamil is recognizable by its large number of squared letters.

These two scripts, like almost all other scripts of the Subcontinent (except for Urdu, Punjabi, etc.), as well as Burmese, Thai, Lao and Khmer all share the same root that was used in ancient times for Buddhist holy scripts.

[Edited at 2004-02-03 18:07]


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xxxaes  Identity Verified
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It is Tamil, of course Feb 3, 2004

I agree with Mr. N Raghavan. It is in Tamil. Though it is very difficult to say if it is Sri Lankan Tamil.

As for the moderator's view that Tamil enjoys the same root as most of the languages of the Subcontinent, this small info could be of some use :

In the subcontinent, the languages can be divided broadly in two major groups from the point of view of their roots:

1) Languages from Sanskrit and
2) Dravidian languages;

Tamil belongs to the Dravidian languages as are Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and some small spoken languages;

Whereas Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, and many other North Indian languages originate and/or developped from Sanskrit;

However, due to proximity and socio-poliitcal reasons, Sanskrit had a profound impact on the Dravidian languages that there are many Sanskrit words found in Dravidian languages.

Additionally, Tamil has a rich and a very, very rich storehouse of Literature on Hinduism (Saivite and Vaishnavite) rather than on Buddhism.


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