Origin of Word Dravida

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he English word Dravidian was first employed by Robert Caldwell in his book of comparative Dravidian grammar based on the usage of the Sanskrit word drāviḍa in the work Tantravārttika by Kumārila BhaṬṬa (Zvelebil 1990:xx).

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Origin of Word Dravidahe English word Dravidian was first employed by Robert Caldwell in his book of comparative Dravidian grammar based on the usage of the Sanskrit word drvia in the work Tantravrttika by Kumrila Bhaa (Zvelebil 1990:xx). As for the origin of the Sanskrit word drvia itself there have been various theories proposed. Basically the theories are about the direction of derivation between tami and drvia.There is no definite philological and linguistic basis for asserting unilaterally that the name Dravida also forms the origin of the wo

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