Authored by: Sanford B. Steever

The Dravidian Languages

Print publication date:  December  1997
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415100236
eBook ISBN: 9780203424353
Adobe ISBN: 9781136911644


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Kannada (kanna?a) belongs to the southern branch of the Dravidian languages. First attested in an inscription found near Halmidi village in Hassan District dating to c. 450 CE, Kannada has a continuous literary tradition from the ninth century CE to the present. It is one of the four literary Dravidian languages; only Tamil has a longer literary tradition.

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