21 Facts About Tulu language


Tulu is the primary spoken language in Tulu Nadu, consisting of the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts in the western part of Karnataka and the northern part of Kasaragod district of Kerala.

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Non-native speakers of Tulu include those who are residents in the Tulunadu region but who speak the Beary language, the Havyaka language and Konkani and Koraga as their mother tongues.

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Two Tulu language epics named Sri Bhagavato and Kaveri from the 17th century were written in the same script.

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The Tulu language is known for its oral literature in the form of epic poems called pardana.

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Subrahmanya, suggested that Tulu is among the oldest languages in the Dravidian family which branched independently from its Proto-Dravidian roots nearly 2500 years ago.

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The Tulu language people follow a saying which promotes leaving negative situations and finding newer, more positive ones.

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The Tulu language is not as popular as others which means it could become endangered and extinct very soon.

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Large parts of the Tulu language are altered and changed constantly because it is commonly passed down through oral tradition.

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Oral traditions within Tulu language have meant that certain phrases have not always maintained the same meaning or importance.

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Various historical inscriptions of Tulu language found around Barkur and Kundapura are in the Tigalari script.

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Tulu language has four dialects, which are broadly similar, with slight variations.

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Tulu language has five parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, numerals, verbs, and particles.

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Tulu language verbs have three forms: active, causative, and reflexive .

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Nevertheless, Tulu is one of only five literary Dravidian languages, the other four being Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

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Nevertheless, there are numerous organisations spread all over the world with significant Tulu language-migrated populations that contribute to Tulu language literature.

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Some notable contributors to Tulu literature are Kayyar Kinhanna Rai, M K Seetharam Kulal, Amruta Someshwara, B A Viveka Rai, Kedambadi Jattappa Rai, Venkataraja Puninchattaya, Paltadi Ramakrishna Achar, Dr Sunitha M Shetty, Dr Vamana Nandavara, Sri.

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Oral traditions of Tulu are one of the major traditions that greatly show the finer aspects of the language.

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Tulu language plays are among the major entertainment for admirers of art and culture in Tulu language Nadu.

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Tulu language plays, generally centered on the comic genre, are very popular in Mumbai and Bangalore outside Tulu language Nadu.

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Tulu as a language continues to thrive in coastal Karnataka and Kasaragod in Kerala.

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The Tulu language lexicon was awarded the Gundert Award for the best dictionary in the country in 1996.

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