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 ] Along with [2 ] 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 ] Of the different Tamil dialects, the Central Tamil dialect bears the closest affinity to [4 ] Brahmin Tamil (particularly the variant used by the [5 ] upper caste Vellalars and Mudaliyars). [2 ]
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