Tamil (தமிழ்), a Dravidian language spoken by around 52 million people in Indian, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, the USA, UK and Australia. It is the first language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and is spoken by a significant minority of people (2 million) in north-eastern Sri Lanka. (...)
The Tamil script is a script that is used to write the Tamil language as well as other minority languages such as Badaga, Irula, and Paniya. With the use of diacritics to represent aspirated consonants, it is also used to write Saurashtra and, by Tamils, to write Sanskrit. The Tamil script, like the other Indic scripts, is thought to have evolved from the Brahmi script. Time period: c. 700 until the present.