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Malayalam
(3,835 words)

1. Historical background

Malayalam, a South Dravidian language (see Krishnamurti 2005), is the mother tongue of 96 percent of the population of the Indian state of Kerala. It is also the principal language of Lakshadweep, the Laccadive Islands, a chain of islands in the Arabian Sea running parallel to the coastal strip in the sout…

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R.E. Asher, “Malayalam”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0202>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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