[lg policy] India: 10 languages in Karnataka endangered

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 3 15:24:23 UTC 2013

10 languages in Karnataka

  Siddi and Hakki Pikki ‘critically endangered’

Of the 50 languages that are spoken in Karnataka, eight are potentially
endangered and two critical endangered, according to a survey conducted by
the Peoples’ Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI), an organisation that is
conducting a nation-wide survey of Indian languages.

Languages spoken by the tribal communities of Koraga, Badaga, Yerava,
Irula, Soliga, Gouli, Jenukuruba and Bettakuruba are said to be
“potentially endangered”.

Siddi language spoken by the Siddi tribe of Uttara Kannada district and
Hakki Pikki language of the nomadic tribes have been identified as
“critically endangered”.

The organisation, headed by renowned scholar G.N. Devy, has said that a
language is classified “potentially endangered” when less than 10,000 are
using it. Languages not spoken by the younger generation of a particular
community is categorised “critically endangered”.

*70 volumes*

The organisation is soon bringing out a volume on languages of Karnataka
based on the survey conducted. While the Kannada version of the volume is
being published by Akshara Prakashana of Heggodu, the English version is
being brought out by Orient BlackSwan.

Prof. Devy said that 70 volumes on Indian languages and sign language are
being brought out across India based on the findings of a nationwide

The volumes will be released on September 5 to mark the 125th birth
anniversary of the former President S. Radhakrishnan.

As many as 24 scholars from Karnataka and other States have contributed to
the 290-page volume on Kannada. “It is a monumental documentation in the
field of linguistic survey of India,” said H.M. Maheshwaraiah, editor of
the volume.

Keywords: language
, Peoples’ Linguistic Survey of
, Koraga<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/10-languages-in-karnataka-endangered/article4978614.ece#>
, Badaga<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/10-languages-in-karnataka-endangered/article4978614.ece#>
, Yerava<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/10-languages-in-karnataka-endangered/article4978614.ece#>
, Irula<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/10-languages-in-karnataka-endangered/article4978614.ece#>
, Soliga<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/10-languages-in-karnataka-endangered/article4978614.ece#>
, Gouli<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/10-languages-in-karnataka-endangered/article4978614.ece#>
, Jenukuruba<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/10-languages-in-karnataka-endangered/article4978614.ece#>
, Bettakuruba<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/10-languages-in-karnataka-endangered/article4978614.ece#>
, Siddi<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/10-languages-in-karnataka-endangered/article4978614.ece#>
, Hakki Pikki<http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/10-languages-in-karnataka-endangered/article4978614.ece#>


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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