Language of Gounders

The language of the Gounders is the popular Coimbatore Bhashai or Kongu Tamil. It must have been a distinct language as it shows relations with Prakrit, Aprabramsha and Kannada. It was earlier called Kangee or Gangee. Mysore, Col. Wilks, records in his "History of Mysore".

In the southern part of Mysore the Tamil language is at this day named the Gangee from being best known to them as the language of the people of Kankayam. (Wilks, Mysore, p. 4, F, N.2) Later mainstream Tamil assimilated the language yet preserving idiolectical differences and markers.