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.

Fields of research

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

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