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Volume 9 : 10 October 2009
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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Proverbs in Modern Tamil and Telugu Societies

A. Parimalagantham, Ph.D.


Proverbs are usually short forms and contain social and individual wisdom of the society in which these are used and often followed. Proverbs have the unique distinction of being used both in written and spoken language. They may contain allusions, stories, advice, sarcasm, cynicism, history, and many other virtues, which authors have to struggle hard or sweat it out to achieve in their deliberate creations. The change of time may change some words and give some extended meaning to proverbs. But the proverbs are time-honored. Proverbs can be part of the didactic literature of any society or faith community.

Aim of the Paper

The main aim of this paper is to show the place of proverb in this modern society. That means in this modern world how much importance the proverb has? How it is used? Is there any change in the form and content? Are there any new arrivals? There are many proverbs created on the basis of old ones. How are they used? This paper is going to check some of the above mentioned questions.


The data for this paper is collected from the weekly, monthly, daily Tamil and Telugu newspapers and magazines, novels, etc. The proverbs are extracted from the above mentioned sources with contexts.

Method of Analysis

In sociolinguistics, to study the use of language in the society, society is divided into various domains like home, neighbors, friends, market, place of staying, etc. The variables are age, sex, caste, religion, occupation, social status, economic status, etc. Likewise to cheek the use of modern proverbs in the society, the society is divided as the mass media, the field of Computer, and politics as domains. The variables consider for this study is occupation. I collected the proverbs from the News Reporters who worked in the Newspapers, Cinema, also from story-writers and News Readers from Radio and T.V. and also from Computer Scientists. Then I analyzed the collected proverbs as how they are used by these people? Whether they used these as they are, or changed their form and meaning? Or changed only the form? Or changed only the meaning?

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A. Parimalagantham, Ph.D.
Department of Lexicography
P.S. Telugu University
Hyderabad - 500 004
Andhra Pradesh, India

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