Tamil: one of the world’s oldest surviving languages

Sri Hari Sivashanmugam
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Aug 30, 2021
Communication is an essential aspect of our day-to-day life. But have we taken a moment to realize and appreciate the language we use, a marvelous tool that is designed to communicate effectively. What if languages were not invented? If so, we will still be trying to communicate with weird sounds and hand signals. In the olden days, people created many languages from pictogram to Latin to Sanskrit. But none of the classical languages exist in recent times except for one, Tamil: one of the oldest languages that survive to date. There is a beautiful quote from a 7th-century poem in Tamil, the statement goes like this: "Kal thondri manthondra kaalathe vaalodu mun thondria mootha kudi", which means Tamils appeared on the globe with a sword (iron smelting) soon after the rocks emerged, but before the sand was formed. Tamil is mainly spoken by people in Tamil Nadu, Southern India but not limited to the region. It is also spoken in several regions of Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia. 
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2021 - Fall - Issue 1
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Uncovering Alfred the Great's disability

Bri McKenna
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TechNews Writer
Feb 04, 2019
Alfred the Great had a chronic illness for much of his life, and by any modern standard, he was disabled. "Great" and "disabled" aren't antithetical, and "weak" and "disabled" aren't synonyms. But for many years and to many people that was believed to be the case, and disability has been erased from some versions of Alfred's story.
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2019 - Spring - Issue 2
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