Kodava

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Coorge, Kadagi, Khurgi, Kodagu, Kotagu, Kurja, Kurug
Population

200,000 (2001). Ethnic population: 100,000 in Kodagu District plus 100,000 in other districts of Karnataka and major cities of India.

Location

Karnataka, Coorg (Kodagu) district, around Mercara, Malayalam border south.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

May be more than 1 language. 66% intelligibility of Malappuram [pcg]. Lexical similarity: 72% with Malappuram Paniya [pcg].

Language Use

Vigorous. L1 of Airi, Male-Kudiya, Meda, Kembatti, Kapal, Maringi, Heggade, Kavadi, Kolla, Thatta, Koleya, Koyava, Banna, Golla, Kanya, Ganiga, and Malaya. Home, community, religion. 80% also use Kannada [kan], half use English [eng] and some also use Malayalam [mal].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: More than 95% in Kannada [kan]. Newspapers. Radio programs. Films. TV.
Writing
Kannada script.
Other Comments

A symbol of identity. ‘Kodagu’, situated to the west. Northern variety has emerged as standard and is used in Kodava literature (Rajyashree 2001). Hindu, traditional religion.