Lexicographic theory and lexicographic practice as spheres of academic scholarship remain relatively undernourished in Tamil. Vaiyapuri Pillai's introductory article on the history of Tamil lexicography included in the Tamil Lexicon, Dr V. Jayadevan's (A History of Lexicographical Development in Tamil), and Gregory James' Colorful A History of Tamil Dictionaries, besides a handful of monographs and articles, are all that we have today on lexicographic theory and dictionary criticism in Tamil. As regards lexicographic practice, we do not have a first-class, total language, monolingual or bilingual dictionary for the Tamil language, with the Tamil Lexicon's utility progressively shrinking in the face of the burgeoning needs of today's dictionary user, and with the Peruncol Akarati (Greater Tamil Lexicon), being manually compiled, demonstrating little evidence of catching up on the present-day advances in computational linguistics, computational lexicography and computer corpus linguistics. It is "rich on citations but poor on all other aspects" (P.R. Subramanian).
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