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Koraga language

Native to India
Ethnicity Koraga
Native speakers
14,000 Korra Koraga  (2007 census)[1]
  • Southern Dravidian
    • Tulu
      • Koraga
Kannada script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
kfd – Korra Koraga
vmd – Mudu Koraga

Koraga (Kannada script: ಕೊರಗ; also rendered Koragar, Koragara, Korangi) is a Dravidian language spoken by the Koraga people, a Scheduled tribe people of Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, and Kerala in South West India. The dialect spoken by the Koraga tribe in Kerala, Mudu Koraga, is divergent enough to not be intelligible with Korra Koraga.[2]


Koraga is a member of the Dravidian family of languages.[3][4] It is further classified into the Southern Dravidian family. Koraga is a spoken language and generally not written, whenever it is written it makes use of Kannada script. Koraga people are generally conversant in Tulu[5] and Kannada languages and hence use those languages as a medium for producing literature.


According to Bhat (1971), there are 4 dialects:[2]

All the speakers who speak Mudu dialect are bilingual with Kannada language and all speaking onti dialect are bilingual with Tulu language.[2] This has resulted a strong influence of Kannada on Mudu koraga and also similar influence of Tulu is seen on onti koraga dialect.[6] Majority of negative forms of onti koraga language are borrowed from Tulu language.[7]


  1. ^ Korra Koraga at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Mudu Koraga at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ a b c Bhat (1971), p. 2.
  3. ^ Fairservis, Walter Ashlin (1997). The Harappan Civilization and Its Writing: A Model for the Decipherment of the Indus Script. Asian Studies. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 16.  
  4. ^ Stassen, Leon (1997). Intransitive Predication. Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory.  
  5. ^ Bhat (1971), p. 4.
  6. ^ Bhat (1971), pp. 2 ,4.
  7. ^ Bhat (1971), p. 45.


  • Bhat, D. N. Shankara (1971). The Koraga Language. Pune: Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute. 

External links

  • "Koraga language: A primer"

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