[INDOLOGY] IExternal origin of Dravidian

Arnaud Fournet fournet.arnaud at wanadoo.fr
Sun Jan 24 21:25:29 UTC 2016

Dear Suresh Kolichala

What does "external origin of Dravidian" mean?
external to where? and where from?
I'm interested in understanding your theory.

Besides, how do you determine a supposedly substratic word in Dravidian 
from a supposedly non-substratic word in Dravidina?
According to which criteria?
Could you please develop on these points?

Best regards.

Le 24/01/2016 18:00, indology-request at list.indology.info 
[suresh.kolichala at gmail.com] a écrit :
> If you believe in my proposed theory of external origin of Dravidian, then
> >the whole question of what constitutes Proto-Dravidian becomes problematic.
> >  Under the usual historical linguistic principles, words and features
> >found only in one branch (South Dravidian, in this case) do not provide
> >evidence for parent language (Proto-Dravidian). But Dravidian linguists
> >have been wrongly reconstructing words and features found only in South
> >Dravidian (esp. Tamil) to the parent language under the assumption that
> >Tamil represents the archaic form of Dravidian. It is a classic catch-22
> >situation.
> >
> >I believe there is an urgent need to reevaluate the Dravidian languages
> >considering the possibility of pre-Dravidian substrata in various branches
> >of the Dravidian languages. Suspending the belief that Tamil represents the
> >most archaic form of Dravidian would be a starting point in this endeavour.

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