TULU LANGUAGE

Tulu language Tulu is one among the five major Dravidian languages spoken by around 2 milllion native speakers. Mainly it has been spoken in the south west part of Indian state of Karnataka and in Kasaragod district of Kerala also known as Tulu nadu. Tulu is the main spoken language in Tulu nadu, a region including Udupi and Dakshina Kannada in the west of the state of Karnataka and the Kasaragod taluk. Apart from Tulu Nadu, a significant population of Tuluva people is found in Maharashtra, Bangalore, Anglosphere, United States, and the Gulf countries.

History of the Tulu language

In between 14th to 15th century the oldest inscriptions were available in Tulu. These inscriptions are in Tigalari script and it is found in Barkur (capital of Tulu nadu) during Vijaynagar period. In Ullur Subrahmanya Temple near Kundapura found the another set of inscriptions. Many linguists like S.U. Panniyadi and L. V. Ramaswami Iyer as well as P.S. Subrahmanya suggested that Tulu is among the oldest languages in the Dravidian family which split autonomously from its Proto-Dravidian roots nearly 2,000 years ago.

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