The Tamil script is used to write Tamil, a South Dravidian language spoken by approximately 75 million people, and which is the official language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is also one of the official languages of both Sri Lanka and Singapore and widely used in Malaysia. In Tamil Nadu, the script is also used to write minority languages like Badaga, Irula and Saurashtra. Unlike most other Indic scripts, Tamil does not feature conjunct characters. It also has a noticeably reduced range of letters compared to other Brahmic scripts, often making accurate phonetic representation tricky. The Tamil script developed from the 6th century CE onwards. Tambirān Vaṇakkam, the first printed book in any Indian script, was published in Tamil in 1578. Medieval-era Tamil script inscriptions can also be found across Southeast Asia, spread by Tamil-speaking kings, merchants and pilgrims.
|Commonly Used Quotation Marks||“...” , ‘...’|
|Numerals||0–9: ௦௧௨௩௪௫௬௭ ௮ ௯ ௰ [Rarely used, replaced by Hindu- Arabic numerals]|
|Earliest Recorded Usage||c. 6th century CE|
|Used to Write||Tamil, Badaga, Irula, Saurashtra, etc.|
|Added to Unicode||Version 1.0 (1991)|