The Tamil fowk (Tamil: தமிழர், tamiẓar (singular) ? [t̪ɐmɪɻɐɾ], or Tamil: தமிழர்கள், tamiẓarkaḷ (plural) ? [t̪ɐmɪɻɐɾxɐɭ]), an aa kent as Tamilians, Tamilans, or simply Tamils, are an ethnic group wha speak Tamil as thair mither tongue an trace thair auncestry tae the Indie state o Tamil Nadu, the Indie Union territory o Puducherry, or the Northren, Eastren Province an Puttalam Destrict o Sri Lanka. Tamil fowk wi a population o approximately 76 million livin aroond the warld are ane o the lairgest an auldest o the exeestin ethno-lingueestic cultural groups o fowk in the modren warld.
|c. 75.8 million|
|Regions wi signeeficant populations|
|Sri Lanka||3,135,770 (2012)|
for others see Tamil diaspora
|Relatit ethnic groups|
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