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The Kagunita of Kannada—Learning to Read and Write an Indian Alphasyllabary

ByPrathibha Karanth

Kannada is one of the four major literary languages of the Dravidian family of languages and belongs to its southern branch. It is spoken today by about 50 million people in Karnataka, one of the four southern states of India, and is the official language of the state. It has a range of regional, social, and stylistic variations. The three major regional varieties identified are the old Mysore or Mysore dialect, coastal or Mangalore dialect, and northern or Dharwar dialect. In addition to these variations, there are several varieties that are characteristic of particular castes or social classes.