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Feminizing Language

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in Passions of the Tongue

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780520208049
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918795 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520208049.003.0003
Feminizing Language

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This chapter presents an analysis of Tamilttāy, a figure that appears on the surface to bring unity to the multiple imaginings about Tamil, but that on closer scrutiny dissolves into the contrary images of goddess, mother, and maiden. The chapter aims to demonstrate that just as Tamil is multiply configured, and Tamilttāy is multiply imagined, so too is language devotion multiply manifested, as religious, filial, and erotic, all struggling for prominence and domination.

Keywords: Tamil; Tamilttāy; language devotion; goddess; filial

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Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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