Changes must be reviewed before being displayed on this page. This article is about the language. Distribution of Kannada native speakers, majority regions in dark blue and minority regions in light blue. 8 million speakers according palm reading in kannada pdf a 2001 census.
1700, and Modern Kannada from 1700 to the present. Kannada is influenced to an appreciable extent by Sanskrit. Kannada was already a language of rich oral tradition earlier than the 3rd century BCE, and based on the native Kannada words found in Prakrit and Tamil inscriptions of that period, Kannada must have been spoken by a widespread and stable population. Narayana claims that many tribal languages which are now designated as Kannada dialects could be nearer to the earlier form of the language, with lesser influence from other languages. Literary Prakrit seems to have prevailed in Karnataka since ancient times.
The vernacular Prakrit-speaking people may have come into contact with Kannada speakers, thus influencing their language, even before Kannada was used for administrative or liturgical purposes. Kannada phonetics, morphology, vocabulary, grammar and syntax show significant influence from these languages. Old Kannada inscription dated 1057 A. Kannada inscription dated 1509 A. Kannada inscription dated 1654 A. Tirthankara of Jainism, invented 18 alphabets, including Kannada, which points to the antiquity of the language. Supporting this tradition, an inscription of about the 9th century CE, containing specimens of different alphabets, mostly Dravidian, was discovered in a Jain temple in the Deogarh fort.
4th century BCE were purportedly familiar with the Kannada country and language. This would show a far more intimate contact of the Greeks with Kannada culture than with Indian culture elsewhere. Alexandria in the 4th century BCE as part of the remnants of 36,000 palm manuscripts that had been burnt in an accidental fire in Alexander’s time. The palm manuscripts contained texts written not only in Greek, Latin and Hebrew, but also in Sanskrit and Kannada. Many of these are Kannada origin names of places and rivers of the Karnataka coast of 1st century CE.
In this work Larika and Kandaloi are identified as Rastrika and Kuntala. Sri Pulimayi clearly indicating his knowledge of the Satavahana kings. Kannada, which bears testimony to the possible Kannada origin of Satavahana kings. 1st to early 2nd century CE. The farce, written by an unknown author, is concerned with a Greek lady named Charition who has been stranded on the coast of a country bordering the Indian Ocean.
Having taken up the cup separately and having covered it, I shall take wine separately. The written tradition of Kannada begins in the early centuries of common era. AD 450, indicating that Kannada had become an administrative language at that time. The Halmidi inscription provides invaluable information about the history and culture of Karnataka. 500 AD are further examples.
The noted archaeologist and art historian S. Shikaripura taluk of Shimoga district is of 350 CE and is also older than the Halmidi inscription. Prior to the Halmidi inscription, there is an abundance of inscriptions containing Kannada words, phrases and sentences, proving its antiquity. Sanskrit inscription in old Kannada script. Kannada inscriptions are not only discovered in Karnataka but also quite commonly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Some inscriptions were also found in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. The Northern most Kannada inscription of the Rashtrakutas of 964 CE is the Jura record found near Jabalpur in present-day Madhya Pradesh, belonging to the reign of Krishna III.