BEGINNING OF TAMIL
(Circa, 200,000-100,000 B.C)
Tamil being not only the earliest but also the primary classical language
of the world, it had its beginnings in the form of Universal Natural Language,
gradually composed of the following six categories of sounds:
‡! etc., expressing pain.
Ai! etc., expressing delight.
ƒ!O! etc., expressing wonder. „
||„; ƒ! etc., expressing regret
over past folly.
When reduplicated, ‘ƒ’ would become ‘ƒhƒ!’
to express admiration and ‘ƒvƒ!’ to express
compassion; and ‘†’ would become ‘†h†!’
to express disillusionment.
(2) Vocative sounds
†!, ƒ! etc.
†y, V,, and the like, are latter-day slang formations.
Imitative sounds are of three kinds, viz.,
(a) Imitatives of cries of birds and animals, (b) Imitatives of sounds
produced by or from inanimate objects, and (c) Imitatives of sounds produced
by human actions.
(a) Imitatives of Cries:
e.g. Cries: k‡, k‡vu,