Central Tamil dialect

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The Central Tamil dialect is a dialect of Tamil spoken in the districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Tiruchirapalli in central Tamil Nadu, India and to some extent, in the neighbouring Cuddalore and Pudukkottai districts.[1][2] Along with Madurai Tamil, the Central Tamil dialect is considered to be one of the purest forms of spoken Tamil and is considered to be the basis of standard spoken Tamil.[3][4] Of the different Tamil dialects, the Central Tamil dialect bears the closest affinity to Brahmin Tamil[5] (particularly the variant used by the upper caste Vellalars and Mudaliyars).[2]

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  1. ^ Dravidian case system, Volume 1. Annamalai University. 1976. p. 264. 
  2. ^ a b "Language Variation in Tamil". 
  3. ^ B. P. Mahapatra, J. Suresh, India. Office of the Registrar General. Language Division (1987). Language socialisation of scheduled castes children in India: Tamil Nadu, a case study. Language Division, Office of the Registrar General, India. p. 18. 
  4. ^ Sanford B. Steever (1998). Dravidian Languages. Taylor & Francis. p. 101. ISBN 0415100232, ISBN 978-0-415-10023-6. 
  5. ^ Balasubramaniam, K. M. (1934). South Indian Celebrities Vol 1. Madras: Solden & Co. p. 84.