Friday, June 08, 2012

the earliest #inscription in #malayalam? edakkal caves, circa 4th cent CE

jun 8th, 2012

interesting. i thought malayalam separated from tamil somewhat later than this.

i am not a great fan of iravatham mahadevan's epigraphical studies in the indus-sarasvati area (he and asko parppola have a "dravidian" hypothesis), but he is definitely knowledgeable.

by the way, the cave inscriptions in india, eg. at bhimbetka (and to a lesser extent edakkal) are quite impressive.

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