Kurumba language

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Kurumba
Region Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh
Native speakers
250,000  (ca. 2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
kfi – Kannada Kurumba (spurious)
xuj – Jennu Kurumba
xua – Alu Kurumba
kpb – Mullu Kurumba

Kurumba is a Dravidian language[2] of South India spoken by the tribal Kuruba Gowda subcastes of Jenu Kurumba and Kadu Kuruba (though quite different from the Kurumba spoken by the Betta Kuruba and Mullu Kuruba). These people are spread around the borders of three states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The language is also sometimes called as "Jenu Nudi" (Honey language). It has never been written, apart from recent efforts to write the language using Kannada script.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kannada Kurumba (spurious) at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Jennu Kurumba at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Alu Kurumba at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Mullu Kurumba at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ "Linguistic lineage for Kurumba Kannada". Retrieved 20 November 2010.