30 August 2005

Who named Tamil, Thamizh?

To my knowledge(I do have some!) a region, country will be named by others and not by the natives. For example we didn't name India as India but the Moghuls, like other residents who lived to the west of the Indian sub-continent named India as ‘Hind’ or ‘Hindustan’, after the river Indus which flows in the present day Pakistan. The language spoken in ‘Hind’ was called by them Hindi or Hindustani.
So as long as some other language exist and we come to know about it, language won't have a name. If tamil is a great language whose origin cannot be traced and the only language that possess the special zha(la-), are the tamilians so intelligent to give their language a name? If someone else named Tamil, how did they use the letter zha in its name. Did they observed people using totally new pronunciation and used it to name Tamil?
And People are talking about using only Tamil instead of English. Are they afraid of English? If Tamil is so great, why are they afraid? And they are very much against Hindi and ruined the chance of learning Hindi for many Tamil students! Just to make sure that no one else rule Tamilnadu they speak a lot of rubbish like this.
What ever be it we are being ruled by talented Kannadigas(who are not giving us water - according to them)!!!
If you want us to realise the greatness of Tamil, allow us to learn other languages. Howcome you decide that Tamil is better?

People are not living for the benefit of Languages, It's Languages that exist for the benefit of People.

4 comments:

Rat said...

Who named Thamizh? Interesting question..good analysis..i don't find any special abt "izh" in usage..is there anything which can be explained only using that sound ?why that is so special ?If no languages is having that sound means,that may be bcos of geography or climate of this region which shuold have made tamilians throat to produce a special sound..

santosh said...

People are not living for the benefit of Languages, It's Languages that exist for the benefit of People.

Sad but true. The same goes for caste these days (Oops did I open a sensitive subject ;)).

santosh said...

People are not living for the benefit of Languages, It's Languages that exist for the benefit of People.

Sad but true. The same goes for caste these days (Oops did I open a sensitive subject ;)).

Kathir said...

It is one stupid article.... and it is also a normal non tamilian... Jumping over Tamizh language :-) .
Firstly the question and analogy is so stupid... As per the analogy Humans cannot identify themselfs as "Human"(literally) Because someother animal or God / the authot himself might have christained Humans "Humans".
It is good to think different but nevel let your mind go stupid.

FYI Germans call Themself Deutsche Volks, But in English it is Germans.

And why not the English call thems self Angreji (hindi) Indians named them right?

And regarding learning hindi in tamil nadu.
I have a question... "HOw many of the Non-tamilians in India learn or altest willing to learn Tamil?"
Number of Tamils learning Hindi is Much high than the number you can give for above question.
So basically I dont see any reason to learn someones language when he is not interested in my language / culture.