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J.P. Fabricius' Tamil and English Dictionary. Evangelical Lutheran Mission Publishing House, Tranquebar. (1972, revised enlarged 4th ed.)

The best one-volume Tamil-English dictionary; goes in and out of print.

Kriyavin tarkalat tamil akarati ( Dictionary of Contemporary Tamil). Cre-A, 268 Royapettah High Road, Madras 600 014.

Excellent Tamil-to-Tamil-and-English dictionary geared toward modern usage. Can be used with students beginning at intermediate level.

Lifco Tamil-Tamil-English Dictionary. The Little Flower Co., T. Nagar, Madras 600 017. (1968.)

2nd ed. Concise, single-volume, according to some especially useful for classical Tamil.

McAlpin, D.W. A Core Vocabulary for Tamil. Dept. of South Asia Regional Studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 820 Williams Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (1976.)

A brief, selective list based on a word count.

Schiffman, Harold F. An English Dictionary of the Tamil Verb. Unfinished NEH-funded project; gives Tamil equivalents, Spoken and Written, for English verbs; verb classes, case frames; synonyms. Example sentences in LT and ST where appropriate. Currently in electronic form, about 2/3rds complete.

Tamil Lexicon, 6 vols. Publications Office, Univ. of Madras, Madras 600 005. (1982, reprint of 1924-36 ed.)

Tamil-English, most comprehensive and authoritative. Goes in and out of print; may be available in Heidelberg on-line dictionary.

The Great Lifco Dictionary, English-English-Tamil. The Little Flower Company, T. Nagar, Madras 600 017. (1983, 12th ed).

The most useful English-Tamil dictionary (though this is not saying much, since English-Tamil dictionaries are typically not much use to second-language learners.)

Winslow, Miron. Tamil-English Dictionary. Franz Steiner Verlag, Wiesbaden. (1977.)

Reprint of a reputable dictionary originally published in 1862.

Harold Schiffman
Mon Apr 1 09:56:50 EST 1996