-- Jean-Luc Chevillard (Paris)
I include as an appendix to this message the self-description provided to me by Professor VIS in 2004, at the time when I was editing the Festschrift for François Gros (/South-Indian Horizons/) to which he contributed
V.I. Subramoniam (Vadasery Iyemperumal Subramoniam) (b. 1926) is emeritus professor of Tamil Language and Literature and later of Linguistics, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, and is currently Honorary Director and founding member of the International School of Dravidian Linguistics, Thiruvananthapuram. He is also Honorary Editor of the International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics. He received his M.A. in Tamil Language and Literature from the Annamalai University and his Ph.D. from the Indiana University, U.S.A. The Jaffna University, Sri Lanka and the Tamil University, Tanjavur conferred on him Honorary D.Litt. degrees. He was the first Vice-Chancellor of the Tamil University, Tanjavur. His efforts to establish a Dravidian University in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh resulted in the creation of a university there, and he was its first Pro-Chancellor. He has guided a number of important dissertations on the language of the Tamil Caïkam and medieval texts and on Malayalam, apart from history and folklore. His own publications cover a wide range of subjects such as literary theories, periodization of literature, descriptive, historical and comparative linguistics and of recently brain and language. His Index of Puṟanāṉūṟu [புறநானூறு] (1962), Dialect Survey of Malayalam (1974) and A Descriptive Analysis of a dialect of Tamil (2003) belong to a long list of publications (16 books and a hundred and two articles in professional journals). He was one of the editors of some of the Proceedings of the International Conference-Seminar of Tamil Studies organised by the International Association of Tamil Research. He has edited the three volume Dravidian Encyclopaedia.