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  • the major language of the state of Kerala, in southern India.

  • one of the 17 official languages of India, spoken by around 30 million people.

  • A person who speaks Malayalam is called a "Malayalee".

  • It belongs to the family of Dravidian languages.

  • Both the language and its writing system are closely related to Tamil, although Malayalam has a significantly larger phoneme inventory.

  • Malayalam has a script of its own.


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