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Designed to be used as a second-year textbook, Conversational Tamil includes 14 conversations in which participants interact in different socio-cultural contexts—both formal and informal. The conversations are presented first in the spoken Tamil version (using broad phonetic transcription) followed by one in the modern written version (using the Tamil script). The English translation of these conversations is also included. A list of lexical items is appended at the end.

K. KARUNAKARAN is Professor of Linguistics at Bharathiar University.