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    Posted: 10-Jan-2009 at 00:22
I recently found out (more) about the South Indian dravidian languages. It seems that once, Dravidian was a widely used Linguistic family, stretching from Indonesian Malay speakers to Iberian Basque speakers. Proto-Indo-European was then introduced through the Aryan and caucasus invasions and migrations. It formed the basis for the northern Indian languages (eg Hindi, Benglai and Marathi, called 'sanskrit prakrits' or local spoken versions of Sanskrit) which are a completely different language family to the Dravidian languages (eg Tamil, Kannada, Telugu). In the same country! It is amazinf how such things can last for so long, completely unchanged, even though the Prakrits of the north are heavily influenced by Skythians, Muslims and Persians.
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Did you mean that Basque and Malay languages belong to Dravidian family? Confused
 
I believe it's incorrect.
 
But I find Dravidian-Finno-Ugrian connection hypo very interesting.
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Originally posted by Sarmat Sarmat wrote:

Did you mean that Basque and Malay languages belong to Dravidian family? Confused
 
I believe it's incorrect.
 
But I find Dravidian-Finno-Ugrian connection hypo very interesting.

 
Not the Dravidian family per se, but the largely extinct family to which the Dravidian languages and probably some other non-Indo european languages such as Finno-Ugric as well. Malay is a Dravidian language though, it spread from the east coast of India to Indonesia pretty early after the Dravidians got to India.
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Malay is Austronesian language and has no relation to Dravidian. 
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Ah sorry, i mean Malayalam. Always get those confused.
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