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Social Hierarchies and Linguistic Markers in Medieval Tamil Nadu, India
Vol 22 No. 1


Social Hierarchies
Linguistic Markers
Historical Linguistics
Language Variation
Medieval Tamil Nadu

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SARATHI P.V, & I. Selvaseelan. (2024). Social Hierarchies and Linguistic Markers in Medieval Tamil Nadu, India. SOUTH INDIA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, 22(1 March), 134-142.


This research article explores the relationship between social hierarchies and linguistic markers in Medieval Tamil Nadu, India, focusing on the linguistic markers used by different social groups. The region was characterized by a complex social structure comprising various castes, classes, and religious communities. This research draws upon historical records, literary works, and linguistic analysis to uncover the linguistic markers used by different social groups. It examines the variations in language use across different strata of society, including the ruling elites, the merchant class, agricultural communities, and marginalized groups. By analyzing linguistic patterns, vocabulary, and grammar, the study seeks to shed light on the linguistic practices and social dynamics of the time. The study provides insights into how language was employed as a means of social distinction and how it intersected with other markers of identity. This research is significant as it contributes to the broader field of sociolinguistics and historical linguistics, providing a localized perspective on the dynamics between language and social hierarchies in a specific historical context. It underscores the importance of considering the socio-cultural factors that shape linguistic practices and the role of language in reflecting and perpetuating social inequalities.



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