Kodava (ಕೊಡವ ತಕ್ಕು)

Kodava is a Dravidian language spoken in Karnataka state in southern India, in partcular in the Kodagu, Bengaluru, Dakshina Kannada and Mysuru districts. In 2011 there were about 114,000 speakers of Kodava, which is also known as Coorg, Coorgi Kodava, Kadagi, Khurgi, Kodagu, Kotagu, Kurja or Kurug.

There are two dialects of Kodava: Mendele, which is spoken in Northern and Central Kodagu, and Kiggat, which is spoken in Kiggat naadu in Southern Kodagu.

Kodava was formerly considered a dialect of Kannada, however in the early 20th century linguists recognized it as a separate language. It is closely related to Tamil, Tulu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Kodava is usually written with the Kannada alphabet, and sometimes with the Malayalam alphabet. Until the 20th century it was rarely written. A new way to write Kodava known as the Coorgi-Cox alphabet was developed in 2005 by a German linguist, Gregg M. Cox.

The most important piece of Kodava literature, a collection of folksongs and traditions known as Pattole Palame, was published in 1924 by Nadikerianda Chinnappa.

Kannada alphabet for Kodava

Kannada alphabet for Kodava

Source: https://www.scribd.com/document/318720246/An-Elementary-Grammar-of-the-Coorg-Language

Malayalam alphabet for Kodava

Malayalam alphabet for Kodava

Download alphabet charts for Kodava (Excel)
Details of Kodava alphabets provided by Wolfram Siegel (PDF)

Sample video in Kodava

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Information about Kodava

Kodagu news

Dravidian languages

Badaga, Brahui, Dhundari, Gondi, Irula, Jatapu, Kannada, Kodava, Kolam, Konda, Koya, Kurukh, Malayalam, Malto, Mukha Dora, Ravula, Sankethi, Savara, Sunuwar, Suriyani Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Toda, Tulu, Yerukula

Languages written with the Kannada alphabet

Kannada, Kodava, Konkani, Lambadi, Sankethi, Tulu

Languages written with the Malayalam alphabet

Kodava, Konkani, Malayalam, Ravula

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