From Orality to Literacy: The Case of the Tamil Society

  title={From Orality to Literacy: The Case of the Tamil Society},
  author={Iravatham Mahadevan},
  journal={Studies in History},
  pages={173 - 188}
  • I. Mahadevan
  • Published 1 August 1995
  • Linguistics
  • Studies in History
Author’s Note: Paper presented at the Seminar on Literacy and Communication in Indian Tradition organised by the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 9-11 March 1994. Acknowledgements: This research has been carried out by me as a National Fellow, Indian Council of Historical Research, as part of my larger project on Early Tamil Palaeography. I am indebted to Prof. R. Narasimhan for having suggested this topic for me to work on. I have… 

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