TAMIL LANGUAGE TRANSLATION
Tamil is the language spoken primarily in the state of Tamil Nadu that is situated in South India. In addition, it gained official language status in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. Furthermore, many inhabitants of Malaysia, Mauritius and Reunion master this language as well. It is one of the first Indian languages to have attained the classical language status. This status is given to languages that are more than 1500-2000 years old, has an independent history without the influence of any other language and the texts of the language should be extensively rich. This status makes Tamil an ultra-ancient, unique and interesting language. Nearly 2200 year old Tamil Brahmi etchings were found in the Samanmalai hills near Madurai, which indicate the use of the language eras ago. Historians, archaeologists and literature analysts are all intrigued by this beautiful language. Tamil is often described as the only Indian language that constantly has traditionalism tagged to it. Just as the language has the culture embedded to it, so are its people. Tamilians from all over the globe feel proud about their language and its splendid culture.
One may raise a question as to what is so special about this language. There are quite a number of other languages that obtained the status of a classical language such as Greek, Sanskrit, Latin etc. This language outruns them all as it is so old and its literature scripts are so rich and vast, that its time of origin and background remains a mystery. Though, we have a number of theories relating to the language’s history, solid evidence is yet to be discovered. There are researches and evidences proving the existence of the language dating to 1500-2000 BCE which is around 4000 years ago. The language may have been the first ever language used on earth when civilizations began to flourish!
Tamil scripts are found all over the globe. There are evidences tracing the language stretching Thailand to Egypt and other African regions. When closely examined, we can relate many words that are said to be derived from languages such as Greek and Sanskrit to have its roots in Tamil. One such example is the word “Ginger”. Its etymology is the Medieval Latin word gingiber which is indeed from the Tamil word injiver.
With the language having such a background, even a common man would love to learn the language. Tamil hosts a variety of texts that are invaluable to mankind. The Thirukural is one such composition that consists of short verses that touches upon every aspect of life. The virtues expressed by these verses are immense and irreplaceable. Its text is so rich that folks from different corners of the world wanted to know about it and translate it to their mother tongue. There is no work found till date that could be as enriching as the Thirukural. If just one work could have such an impact on the world, then imagine the impact the language can create when its different scriptures were identified and duly translated.
Tamil is a language that had a grammar book established millenniums ago. The masterpiece named Tholkappium is a script that provided rules and structure formats for how the language is to be used. The collection provides guidelines for poetic works also which mostly no other language has. This magnum opus was dated to around 500-700 BCE, nearly 2500 years ago! Tholkappium has given rise to various other grammar books in Tamil such as Nunnul that developed as the language met its changes.
The language is extraordinary in its own way, without considering its antiquity. The alphabets used in the language are distinct. With most of the languages using combination of alphabets to represent a sound, Tamil hosts a wide array of alphabets, with each one representing a sound noticeably. The highlights of Tamil alphabets are Zha and Ayutham. These alphabets are only found in this language and are considered as the exquisiteness of the language. The language has another remarkable exclusivity that it is the only language that has separate characters for the numerals 100 and 1000. It also has symbols defined for day, month, year, debit, credit etc. thousands of years ago. No other language in the world found till date has this characteristic.
Owing to the long history of the language, Tamil has evolved just as Man has. The language is said to be have 3 generations named as Sangatamil, Sentamil and Koduntamil. Sangatamil is the classic Tamil language that existed millenniums ago. This Sangatamil was the untainted language in which great works such as Tholkappium and other great literary pieces such as Silapathikaram, Manimekalai etc. were produced. The adulteration of the language by the influence of other languages such as Sanskrit, Greek etc. led to the next generation of the language named Sentamil. It is this Tamil language that most great writers and poets of today use widely in their creations. Celebrated creations such as Kamba Ramayana were written in Sentamil. Koduntamil is the recently used form of Tamil that refers to the more colloquial touch of the language. Though Koduntamil has relatively high influential touches from other foreign languages, there still lies a strong sense of linguistic purism in it.
The richness of the language arouses the interest of many. The language claims to be one of the most sorted for languages of the world. Many great historians want to know more about the language and learn the language proficiently as many unanswered questions can get answers from its works. The language is quite interesting to learn owing to its uniqueness and intricate touches in terms of pronunciations and literary creations. The translation of Tamil scripts to different languages is so much in trend now. People from all over the world are captivated by the wealth of the language and are highly interested in learning it. The language is truly a beauty of its kind and will always remain evergreen. Tamil will still be powered by its greatness and will continue to prosper. It is indeed truly a classical language!