L. V. Ramaswami Iyer

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L. Vishwanatha Ramaswami Iyer (25 October 1895 – 31 January 1948), popularly known as L. V. R, was an Indian linguist who specialized in Dravidian languages. He is remembered as a pioneer of Malayalam and Tulu linguistics.

Early life and education[edit]

Ramaswami Iyer was born in Trichur to L. R. Vishwanatha Iyer, a retired Inspector of schools with the Department of Public Instruction, Madras Presidency. Ramaswami Iyer had his early schooling in Trichur and completed his intermediate from the Maharajah's College, Ernakulam in first class.[1]

Iyer graduated in geology from the Presidency College, Madras in 1914 and in law from the Madras Law College in 1916.[1] Iyer practised as a lawyer at Trichur and Ernakulam before joining the Education Department of the Cochin service and worked as a school teacher at Kunnamkulam and Ernakulam.[1] In 1922, Iyer completed his master's degree in English and joined the faculty of Maharajah's College, Ernakulam as professor.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Subramoniam, V. I.; Nair, B. Gopinathan (1978). "Biographical Notes on L. V. Ramaswamy Iyer by C. L. Anthony". L. V. Ramaswamy Iyer and Seshagiri Prabhu. Dravidian Linguistics Association. pp. 1–3.