Tamil Alphabet


The Tamil script is an abugida script that is used by Tamils and Tamil speakers in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and elsewhere to write the Tamil language. The Tamil script, like the other Brahmic scripts, is thought to have evolved from the original Brahmi script and also has sibling relationships with the Grantha alphabet. It consists of 18 consonants and 12 diacritical marks for vowels, and an additional 216 combinant letters.