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Kayalpatnam is saving Arwi : a waning language of the Indian Ocean

 

A few residents of Kayalpatnam, a coastal municipality in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district, have been trying to generate curiosity around a fast-disappearing language—Arwi. Also called Arabu-Tamil, Arwi developed in Kayalpatnam as a bridge language between seafaring Arabs and Tamil-speaking Muslims of Tamil Nadu. Arwi was in active use in the community from the eighth to nineteenth century, according to a research paper by KMA Ahamed Zubair, an associate professor from the department of Arabic studies at New College, in Chennai

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Kayalpatnam is saving Arwi : a waning language of the Indian Ocean