Etymon: paTTaN, pattan, patan

Ramalingam Shanmugalingam AppuArchie at AOL.COM
Sat Nov 22 14:04:03 UTC 1997

In a message dated 97-11-22 00:51:18 EST, Sarma wrote:

<< I hope in the last line you mean Dravidian rather than Tamilian. As
 pointed out earlier on this list this appears to be due to the subconscious
 identification Tamil with Dravidian. >>

The 6 conditions are attributed to Dr. Caldwell and the last line is a direct
quote from the book of Dr. Ilakkuvanar.
In this context, I give below a quotation from A comparative grammar of the
Dravidian Languages by Dr. Caldwell as quoted by Prof. Madhhu.S.
Vimalanandham in his book in Tamil, History of Tamil Literature:
"Tamil however the most highly cultivated Ab-intra of all Dravidian idioms,
can dispense with its Sanskrit altogether, if need be and not only stand
alone, but flourish withhout its aid." Dr. Caldwell.

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