The speech of Koraga tribe, which was presumed to
be a dialect of Tulu was evidently documented by
Dr. Ramakrishna T. Shetty as an independent
language. The present work in the Discription of
the speech of Ande Koragas, a sub-sect found
chiefly in Mangalore and Udupi District of
Dravidian University is happy to bring out the only
full-fledged descriptive grammar of the Koraga
Langaueg which is the first in the Dravidian Tribal
Languages Descriptive Grammar Series.
That the foundations of Indian culture were deeply embedded in
Dravidian culture is now an incontrovertible fact. Dravidian
culture is one of the most ancient cultures of the world. Those cultures,
slightly contemporaneous to one another, slowly started fading out.
However, the primordial Dravidian culture continues to thrive without
losing its quintessence despite the apparent changes in systems of dress
Dravidian University is established through a Legislature Act by
the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 1997 with the extended support
of Southern States, at Kuppam, a tri-lingual junction in the south western
part of Andhra Pradesh, 4 km. away from Karnataka, 8 km. from Tamil
Nadu and about four hours of drive from Kerala, to promote a snirit of
integration among the speakers of Dravidian languages, thus building
a strong path of national integration and to advance research and studies
in Dravidian languages which are about 27 both inside India and outside
like Beluchistan and to create a strong awareness of the integrated
character of Dravidian Studies, a major branch of Indology.
It is a well known fact that the tribal population in India is mostly
under developed and their languages are subjected to enormous
dominance of the major languages. Hence, many of the tribal languages .
in India, particularly the Dravidian, are in the state of endangerment.
There is imperative need for language documentation, new methods,
new policy initiation and safeguarding strategies to enhance the vitality
of these languages.
Understanding the gravity of the problem of language
endangerment, the Dravidian University has established a "Centre for
Preservation of Endangered Dravidian Languages" as a part of the
Department of Dravidian and Computational Linguistics. The main
objectives of the Centre are: description and publication of tribal
languages, preparation of grammars, dictionaries, test samples, database
and study materials. To fulfill one of the above objectives, the Dravidian
University has started to publish the research works of senior scholars
on Dravidian Linguistics and Dravidian Tribal Languages submitted
even to other universities under a publication series entitled Dravidian
Linguistics Series (DLS). These publications may help the scholars
for furthering their research and develop material in the respective tribal
language and the community to revitalize their language at some point
The speech of Koraga tribe, which was presumed to be a dialect of
Tulu was evidently documented by Dr. Ramakrishna T. Shetty as an
independent language. The present work is the description of the speech
of Ande Koragas, a sub-sect found chiefly in Mangalore and Udupi
District of Karnataka, and it has been analyzed within the framework
of Item and Process model. The sample texts and the Koraga vocabulary
with English equivalents appended will be very much useful for
Comparative Dravidian Linguistic studies. Dravidian University is
happy to bring out the only full-fledged descriptive grammar of the
Koraga language which is the first in the Dravidian Tribal Grammars
Series. Dravidian University is grateful to Prof. Ramakrishna T. Shetty
for giving us the manuscript for publication.
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