Telugu

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A language of India

Alternate Names
Andhra, Gentoo, Tailangi, Telangire, Telegu, Telgi, Tengu, Terangi, Tolangan
Population

73,800,000 in India (2001 census). Population total all countries: 74,049,000. L2 users: 5,000,000 in India.

Location

Andhra Pradesh and neighboring states.

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Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Andhra Pradesh State; Puducherry Union Territory, Andaman and Nicobar islands (1950, Constitution, Schedule VIII).

Dialects

Berad, Dasari, Dommara, East Godaveri, Golari, Guntur, Kamathi, Komtao, Konda-Reddi, Nellore, Rayalseema, Salewari, Srikakula, Telangana, Telugu, Vadaga, Vadari, Vishakhapatnam, Yanadi (Yenadi).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Bodo Gadaba [gbj], Chenchu [cde], Koya [kff], Kupia [key], Lambadi [lmn], Mudhili Gadaba [gau], Northwestern Kolami [kfb], Pottangi Ollar Gadaba [gdb], Vaagri Booli [vaa], Waddar [wbq], Yerukula [yeu].

Language Development
Taught in primary and secondary schools. Fully developed. Bible: 1854–2002.
Writing

Braille script [Brai]. Telugu script [Telu], primary usage.

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