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What is the lingua franca of South India?
Lingua franca The maximin principle or principle of least exclusion explains why more and more South Indians (or non-Hindi speakers such as from eastern India or the North East) are speaking Hindi.
Is Tamil a lingua franca?
Tamil. John Guy states that Tamil was the lingua franca for early maritime traders from India. The language and its dialects were used widely in the state of Kerala as the major language of administration, literature and common usage until the 12th century AD.
Does India have a lingua franca?
The two major lingua francas in India are Hindustani and English.
Why is South Indian language different?
North Indian Languages belongs to Indo-European Language family whereas South Indian Languages belong to Dravidian Family. So they are bound to be different. However over a period of time there was a considerable influnece of Sanskrit on South Indian languages with varied degrees.
Why is Tamil not the official language of South India?
Tamil is actually a minority language in the South, being known only to 25\% of the Southern population. So, South India does not have a desi lingua franca. However English serves the purpose to most extent. No single language is in majority (i.e. being spoken by above 50\% of the SI population) in the South, tho
What are the two official languages of India?
Tamil and Sanskrit (considered by some academics as a lingua franca in India) are the only two official classical languages.
How many dialects are there in India?
A census conducted in 2011 showed that India has about 19,569 languages and dialects, of which almost 1,369 are considered dialects and only 121 are recognized as languages (the acceptance criterion being that the language has 10,000 or more speakers).
What was the lingua franca in South Africa during apartheid?
During apartheid, the South African government aimed to establish Afrikaans as the primary lingua franca in South Africa and South African-controlled South-West Africa (now Namibia), although English was also in common use. Since the end of apartheid, English has been widely adopted as the sole lingua franca.