Dravidian Numerals
Václav Blažek (Masaryk University, Brno, blazek@phil.muni.cz)
Journal of Language Relationship, № 1, 2009 - p.69-80
Abstract: Although the most probable affiliation of the Dravidian language family on the macro-comparative level lies with the Nostratic superfamily, potential ties between Proto-Dravidian numerals and known Nostratic words for numerals remain scarce. The article summarizes most of the existing hypotheses on the origins of Dravidian numerals, both internal and external, and adds a few others based on the author’s theory of a possible Australian substratum in Proto-Dravidian. It is concluded that the latter theory may shed some much needed light on this complicated issue.
Keywords: Dravidian languages, numerals