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 in Tamil Nadu and is considered to be the basis of standard spoken Tamil in the state.[3][4] Contrary to popular belief, the Tamil used in formal addressings and news reading is Literary Tamil and not the Central Tamil dialect. Of the different Tamil dialects, the Central Tamil dialect bears the closest affinity to Brahmin Tamil[5]


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  2. ^ "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.