Tulu

Authored by: D.N.S. Bhat

The Dravidian Languages

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

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

10.4324/9780203424353.ch6

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Abstract

Tulu (tu?u) is spoken by more than three million people, half as their mother tongue and half as a second language. Its use is confined to a discrete area including most of the South Kanara district (except the north) in Karnataka and Kasaragod Taluk in the north of neighbouring Kerala. Tulu speakers have also migrated within India in pursuit of commercial opportunities; they are consequently found in most major cities even though the Census of India generally counts them as Kannada speakers.

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