|Region||Tamil Nadu, The Nilgiris|
|Native speakers||140,000 (2001)
400,000 (date missing)
|Writing system||Tamil script or English script|
Badaga (படக பாஷை; Tamil: படுகு மொழி; Kannada: ಬಡಗ ಭಾಷೆ) is a southern Dravidian language (Tamil–Kannada branch) spoken by approximately 400,000 people in the Nilgiri Hills of Southern India. It is known for its retroflex vowels. It has similarities with neighbouring Kannada language and it was earlier considered as a dialect of Kannada and now identified as an independent language. The word Badaga refers to the Badaga language as well as the Badaga indigenous people that speak it.
Badaga has five vowels /i e a o u/, all of which can be contrastively half and fully retroflexed. Only the most conservative dialects have the complete set of contrasts (that is, contrasts of pharyngealized and retroflexed vowels[not in citation given]).
|/ha˞ːsu/||to spread out|
Note on transcriptions: rhoticity (e.g. [i˞], [e˞]) indicates half-retroflexion or pharyngealization; an underdot (e.g. [ị], [ẹ]) indicates full retroflexion.
Badaga language is well studied, mainly by missionaries and several Badaga-English Dictionaries are produced since the latter part of nineteenth century.
- Badaga reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Steever, Sanford B. (1998). The Dravidian languages. Taylor & Francis. pp. 6–7. ISBN 978-0-415-10023-6.
- Thiagarajan, Shantha (4 December 2012). "Badaga language not a dialect of Kannada, claims French linguistic scholar". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "Badaga". UCLA Phonetics Lab. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Word List for Badaga". UCLA Phonetics Lab. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- Paul Hockings, Christiane Pilot-Raichoor (Reprint 1992). Badaga-English Dictionary. Walter de Gruyter. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
|Badaga language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|