Vocabulary structure in primary school textbooks in Tamil


L. R. Prem Kumar


LDC-IL Department, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, India


The word structure is normally based on the number of letters in a word in the Tamil textbooks and accordingly single letter words to multiple letter words are graded. But this study fully concentrates on the syllabic structure of the word which has resulted in different opinions about the complex or compound structure of words. Based on the syllabic structure of words it is easy to measure the complexity of words and accordingly the selection of words for each standard may be done which on the other hand makes the textbooks easy for the learners. It will facilitate in learning of vocabulary. The syllabic structures are analyzed standard wise and represented by tables for easy understanding of the system of analysis. Moreover, the syllables are analyzed keeping in view the beginning of a word with a consonant or a vowel. This study also proves that there is a link between the difficulty level of learning and the number of syllables as well as the vowel or consonant beginning words. A comparative statement of the syllabic structure in each standard is also given. This paper investigates the frequency of vocabulary patterns used at the primary school level. The vocabulary patterns are dealt with in phonology on the basis of their syllabic and canonical forms. The structure of vocabulary can be classified into the following three types: simple, complex and compound based on their structure. And also this paper gives some ideas of vocabulary analysis for textbooks evaluation.


vocabulary; structure; textbook; evaluation; Tamil Corpus; primary school

Publication Date

April 1, 2015


Volume 5, Issue 1

Citation information

Prem Kumar, L. R. 2015. “Vocabulary structure in primary school textbooks in Tamil.” Language. Text. Society 5 (1): e50-e67. https://ltsj.online/2015-05-1-premkumar. (Journal title at the time of publication: SamaraAltLinguo E-Journal.)


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