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Tamil Nadu

Tamil lexicon to be enlarged and updated

Special Correspondent

The University of Madras pioneering venture was completed in 1939 in seven
volumes with 1,24,405 entries


 The Department of Tamil Language in the University of Madras is now in
the process of revising, enlarging and updating the Tamil Lexicon.  The
work is going on in a large scale for the first time in 66 years. During
1924-39, the University of Madras had published the Tamil Lexicon in seven
volumes comprising 1,24,405 entries.

Such a dictionary was a pioneering venture in the pre-independence period.
Keeping these distinctions in mind, Prof. Vaiyapuri Pillai was conferred
with the title "Rao Bhahadur" and honoured by the then Government. Since
then, there have been persistent demands for updating and expanding the
lexicon. The many social, political and technological changes in the
six-decade period have a direct bearing on the Tamil language. It is in
this background that the department of Tamil Language of the university
had put forth its plan to revise, enlarge and update the Lexicon. The
University Grants Commission (New Delhi) has approved and will fund the
project , says V. Jayadevan, professor and editor of the Lexicon project .

"The present Tamil Lexicon under preparation will come out in 10 volumes,
comprising at least five lakh entries, will be bilingual in nature and at
the same time render the meaning chronologically," he said.  Recently, the
department conducted an international conference on Indian Lexicography,
wherein the Vice-Chancellor, S.P. Thyagarajan, said the project would have
as its by-products many special dictionaries.

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