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(mä'ləyä`ləm), Dravidian language of India. See Dravidian languagesDravidian languages
, family of about 23 languages that appears to be unrelated to any other known language family. The Dravidian languages are spoken by more than 200 million people, living chiefly in S and central India and N Sri Lanka.
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the language of the Malayalis, spoken in Kerala in southwestern India by more than 20 million people (1970, estimate). Malayalam belongs to the southern group of Dravidian languages and is closely related to Tamil. It lacks the category of gender and does not distinguish the categories of person and number in the finite (personal) forms of the verb. A writing system dates from the late ninth and early tenth centuries. The first important work is the poem Ramacaritam (Biography of Rama, 13th century), and the first Malayalam grammar is the Sanskrit treatise Lilatilakam (14th century). There were two literary dialects in early classical Malayalam: the Sanskritized Manipravalam and the Tamilized Misra-bhasa. In the 16th century the differences between the two dialects disappeared and a uniform literary language developed in the works of T. Ezuttacchan. Modern spoken Malayalam, comprising 12 regional dialects and a number of caste dialects, differs from the literary language.


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Summary: The Food Control Department of the Dubai Municipality has released a handbook for Persons In charge (PICs), who are responsible for food safety in eateries of Dubai, in Malayalam language, said Khalid Mohammed Shareef Al Awadhi, Director of the department at a press conference.
Ajit Ramakrishnan, a carpenter who works and stays in the Industrial Area, said, "We cannot afford to purchase a Malayalam language newspaper every day.
Later, I started reading more books of many famous English writers, the novels translated in Malayalam language and magazines and that is how I developed deep interest in writing," says Shamnad.
The 28-year-old delivery person with a catering company in Sohar Industrial Estate went missing two days ago and, according to reports in Malayalam language newspapers in India, the family received ransom calls through a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone.
THE beauty and strength of the Malayalam language will be the focus of a talk that will take place at the Kerala Catholic Association (KCA), Segaiya, tonight.
The book in Malayalam language was released at a special ceremony at the Indian Social and Cultural Centre in Abu Dhabi during the Iftar banquet on Sunday.
Sister Jesme from the Catholic Church in Kerala of Southern India recently had the book published in Malayalam language.
I requested him to let me go as I was too tired after a long day," he said through an interpreter as he only speaks the Malayalam language.