Tulu

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Tal, Tallu, Thalu, Thulu, Tilu, Tullu, Tuluva Bhasa
Population

1,720,000 (2001 census).

Location

Karnataka, South Kanara (Dakshina Kannada) and Udupi districts; Kerala, Kasargod district; scattered in other states.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Brahmin Tulu, Common Tulu, Northeast Tulu (Belthangadi, Kerala), Northwest Tulu (Mangalore, Udipi), South Central Tulu (Bantwal, Puttur), Southeast Tulu (Sullia Subrahmanya), Southwest Tulu (Kasaragod, Manjeswara).

Language Use

Also use English [eng], Hindi [hin], Kannada [kan], Marathi [mar]. Used as L2 by Korra Koraga [kfd], Kudiya [kfg].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 80%–83% in Dakshina Kannada [kan] for Udupi districts. Magazines. Radio programs. Films. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1847–2000.
Writing

Kannada script [Knda]. Tulu script [Qaau], philosophical texts and religious verses are sometimes written in this script.

Other Comments

Hindu, traditional religion.