Kurumba language

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Kurumba
Region Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh
Native speakers
220,000  (1997–2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
xuj – Jennu Kurumba
xua – Alu Kurumba
kfi – Kannada Kurumba (spurious)
Glottolog jenn1240  (Jennu)[2]
aluk1238  (Alu)[3]

Kurumba is a Dravidian language[4] 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. ^ Jennu Kurumba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Alu Kurumba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Kannada Kurumba (spurious) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Jennu Kurumba". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Alu Kurumba". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ "Linguistic lineage for Kurumba Kannada". Retrieved 20 November 2010.