Languages in Mysore


The most commonly used languages in Mysore include Kannada, Tamil and English. Since many people from other states are also gathering here for work so Hindi language is also gaining importance and is now being used by a large section of the population. Kannada is the official language of the state.

Kannada language of Mysore is one among the most prominent among the Dravidian group of languages. The others being Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. It is almost as old as the Tamil language. The language has gone through modifications over the ages. Scholars classify Kannada of Karnataka into four types on the basis of time period. The earliest category is known as the Purva Halegannada, the modified language that was used between 10th and 12th century is known to be Halegannada. Nadugannada Kannada was used between the 12th and the 15th centuries. From them developed the Hosagannada that came to be used after the 15th century.

Kannada script is very closely resemble the Telugu one. It is said to have been originated from Brahmi Lipi of the Ashoka period. Later the script went though modifications during the periods of Sathavahanas, Gangas, Kadambas, Rastrakutas, Gangas and Hoysalas. The modern Kannada script is believed to have emerged in the 13th century. This script is also used for writing the Tulu, Kodava and Konkani languages.

There are the phonetic and syllabic writing systems. The alphabetic pieces of the official language of Mysore are of three types. They are the independent vowels, consonant letters and the corresponding dependent vowel signs.

Kannada is still the most widely spoken among the languages in Mysore.

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Last Updated on 9/14/2011