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The languages of South India are
Dravidian, which is a different linguistic group than the Indo-European
languages of the North of the subcontinent. The two groups of languages have many
different root words (though a number in common we might add), and above
all a different grammatical structure, the Dravidian being agglutinative and the
Indo-European being inflected.
Dravidian languages possess a very old history of their
own, which their legends, the Tamil Sangha literature, show a history in South
India and Sri Lanka dating back
over five thousand years.