Malayalam

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Malayalam Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Malayalam n : a Dravidian language (closely related to Tamil) that is spoken in southwestern India
Malayalam Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Malayalam \Ma"la*ya"lam\, n. The name given to one the cultivated Dravidian languages, closely related to the Tamil. --Yule.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Malayalam'


Malayalam (pronounced /mæləˈjɑːləm/; Malayalam: മലയാളം malayāḷam pronounced  Overseas it is also used by a large population of Indian expatriates living around the globe in the Middle East, North America, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Europe.

Malayalam most likely originated from ancient Tamil in the 6th century, of which Modern Tamil was also derived. For cultural purposes Malayalam and Sanskrit formed a language known as Manipravalam, where both languages were used in an alternating style. Malayalam is the only among the major Dravidian languages without diglossia. This means, that the Malayalam which is spoken doesn't differ from the written variant, while the Kannada and Tamil languages use a classical type for the latter.

The word "Malayalam" is spelled as a palindrome in English. However, it is not a palindrome in its own script, for three reasons: the third a is long and should properly be transliterated aa or ā (an a with a macron) while the other a’s are short; the two l consonants represent different sounds, the first l being dental (, Malayalam ള, Roman ḷ); and the final m is written as an anusvara, which denotes the same phoneme /m/ as in the initial m in this case, but the two m’s are spelled differently (the first m is a normal ma മ with an inherent vowel a, while the last m  ം is a pure consonant).

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  • Suraj dedicates National Award to Malayalam cinema
    Thiruvananthapuram, April 16 (IANS) Suraj Venjaramoodu Wednesday said that he dedicates his National Award to the Malayalam language and Malayalam cinema. Suraj has been named the best actor for his performance in "Perariyathavar", directed by Biju, at the 61st National Film Award announced in the national capital. "I did it in my style and I dedica Read more on this news related to 'Malayalam'
  • Suraj Venajaramoodu dedicates award to Malayalam film industry
    Ace Malayalam actor Suraj Venajaramoodu, who shared the National Award for ‘Best Actor’ with Rajkummar Rao, on Wednesday said he was dedicating the honour to Malayalam language and the film indust... Read more on this news related to 'Malayalam'
  • Southern film industry bags 17 National Awards
    New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Tamil family drama "Thanga Meengal", Telugu drama "Na Bangaru Thalli", Kannada film "Prakruthi" and Malayalam drama "24 North Kaatham" were among the southern movies that pocketed 17 awards at the 61st National Awards here Wednesday. Read more on this news related to 'Malayalam'

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