19 February 2014

CIIL Documenting Endangered Languages of Karataka

According to the UNESCO list of endangered languages in India, the following languages/mother tongues of Karnataka are endangered: 
Badaga which is also spoken in 
- Bellari, 
-Koraga and 

The following languages/mother tongues have been identified to be documented by the CIIL, Mysore.

         Kuruba                   Mysore District
            Hakkipikki                  Nomads – spread across Karnataka
            Toda                             In and around Nilgiri Hills
            Kota                              In and around Nilgiri Hills
            Koraga                          Udupi, Mangalore and Kollegala regions
            Soliga                            Mysore, Hunsur and Chamrajnagar districts
            Bellara/Bellari           Udupi district
            Kutia / Kudia              Chikmagalur, Udupi and Kodagu districts

To check this trend, the Government of India has initiated a Scheme known as “Protection and Preservation of Endangered Languages of India”. 
Under this Scheme, the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) will document all the tribal, non-tribal and non-scheduled languages/mother tongues of Karnataka spoken by less than ten thousand persons.
The Institute has already started working on documentation of three languages/mother tongues of Karnataka, namely, Hakkipikki, Kuruba/Kurumba and Kutiya/Kudiya. 
The CIIL, in collaboration with the tribal Research Institute, Karnataka, has further initiated the documentation of six of the mother tongues/languages of Karnataka, namely, Asalaru, Siddi, Iruliga, Malaikudiya, Maratta and Tokri Koli in the current financial year.

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