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Extinct: no
Family: Dravidian
Branch: Southern
Continent: Asia
Country: India
Region: Tamil Nadu and neighboring states. Also spoken in Bahrain, Fiji, Germany, Malaysia (Peninsular), Mauritius, Netherlands, Qatar, Reunion, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE, United Kingdom.
Countries Where Spoken: 61,527,000 in India (1997 IMA). Population total all countries 66,000,000 first language speakers; 74,000,000 including second language users (1999 WA). Malaysia, Mauritius, Reunion, Singapore, Sri Lanka.
Countries Where Official: India
Native Speakers: 61,527,000
Speakers Total: 66,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Tamil at a native level: 2,233
Phrasebase members who speak Tamil at a conversational level: 2,233
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Tamil: 2,860
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Tamil: 2,763
Three Letter Code: TCV
Summary: Kasuva is a jungle tribe dialect. Burgandi speakers are nomadic. Aiyar and Aiyangar are Brahmin dialects. CIIL has prepared syllabus for hearing-impaired children. National language. SOV. Tamil script. Hindu, Muslim. Bible 1727-1995.

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