Ingénieur de recherche (Research Officer) – EPHE.


After having completed my masters in India, I received my Ph.D. in linguistics, with distinction, from the University of Paris 7 (1980). Since, I was trained in philology, linguistics and Tamil epigraphy. I took my academic career at EPHE – École Pratique des Hautes Études (School of Advanced Studies) as Associate professor then continued as research officer till my retirement in 2018.
I focused my research and teaching activities on Modern Tamil and Comparative Dravidian linguistics, Tamil historical linguistics, Tamil epigraphy and the Tamil diasporic studies. I taught in several Universities in Paris: École Pratique des Hautes Études, University of Paris 8, School of Oriental Languages (INALCO) and CREOPS – SORBONNE University. My current areas of research include Tamil epigraphy, Tamil historical linguistics and the Tamil diaspora of Francophone islands. I organised 15 international workshops on Tamil epigraphy in Paris and in India between 2004 and 2019.I have published and edited 9 books and published widely in international journals and chapters in books on modern and historical Tamil linguistics, Tamil epigraphy and Tamil diaspora.

Download the list of Appasamy Murugaiyan publications in .doc format.

Fields of research

  • Tamil epigraphy ;
  • Tamil historical linguistics ;
  • the Tamil diaspora of Francophone islands.

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