Bellari language

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For other uses, see Bellari (disambiguation).
Native to India
Region Karnataka & Kerala
Native speakers
1,000  (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 brw
Glottolog bell1261[2]

Bellari is a Dravidian variety of India spoken by about 1,000 Bellara, a Scheduled Caste of Karnataka and Kerala. It is reportedly close to Tulu and Koraga (especially the former),[1] but it is not known if it is a separate language or a dialect of Tulu.[3] A community of fifty families of basket-weavers live in Kundapura Taluk in coastal Karnataka.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Bellari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bellari". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Sanford Steever, 1998, The Dravidian Languages
  4. ^ Kannada Prabha (Kannada daily). 11 March 2011ڇ%20Oګڄs%20߽ګ. Retrieved 4 February 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Karnatakada Budakattu Bhashegalu". Bangalore: Classical Retrieved 4 February 2013.