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Kerala Kadar Language
Several tribal communities can be seen in various parts of India. Kadar and Kerala region claimed themselves among all the anthropologists of the country that they hold maximum number of tribal areas. According to the updated survey it has been founded that approximately 600 Kadar tribes Inhabits in Kerala’s forests areas even concluding the Cochin region also. Moreover these tribes of Kadar also recognise themselves as Kadir and talk in their primitive idiom which is a mixture of both Malayalam and Tamil languages.
Furthermore the main occupation of these Kadar people of Kerala is gathering up the food also lead a normal and descent life of nomads. These tribal people are associated as the best food collectors among the tribes of Chenchu, Paliyan and Irular. From the year of 1947 to 1048, it has been found that many Kadar tribes individuals collect many forest items like honey, bamboo and cardamom for the contracts made by the government so that in exchange they will get rice, money, industrial goods and jewellery.
Many Kadar people use this language also in their both traditional and cultural as well as in religious terms. They are very religious people and follow the ritual of covering the departed bodies. Numbers of Kadar songs are sung in the event of marriages or some in traditional fests.
In the year of 2004, approximately 1960 inhabitants were found speaking Kadar language. Moreover as year passes the decreasing rate of population starts increasing and this language spread to number of district of Kerala and also to its nearby regions. This verbal communication is widely spoken in Thrissur district, Chittor taluk, Palakkad district, Coimbatore district and also in Tamil Nadu.
Kadar verbal communication is also known by other few names such as Kadir and Kada.
This language phonology is very similar and related to Tamil idiom and even its vocabulary is similar to the vocabulary and expressions used in Malayalam language. In percentage wise Kadar verbal communication has lexical similarity of about 56 to 63 percentage with Tamil language and approximately 61 t0 63 similarity with Kanikarran language. Furthermore it shares some of its similarity with Malamuthan language of about 62 percent and about 67 percent with Mala Malasar.
This Kadar verbal communication belongs to the classification of Southern, Dravidian, Tamil Kannada, Tamil Kodagu, Malayalam and Tamil Malayalam group.
Language Use and Development
This language is widely used by number of Kerala and in its adjoining areas. Moreover it is extensively spoken and used in religious, village and home as well. Many people learn this medium of communication in schools and colleges where it is taught. Furthermore this language has no official status nut is people are literate in this language depending upon the region. The 51 percent folks of Kerala are seen speaking Kadar language where as in Tamil Nadu approximately 56 percent is seen. In addition this language holds three groups in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This language is seen primarily spoken in Thrissur hills, Palakkad and Coimbatore region. Secondly it is seen spoken in areas of Wayanad district. This district has Malayalam language as their first language. The third group of Kadar language is in Tamil Nadu region, Tanjavur and Triuchirapalli districts. In this group Kadar language mixed with Hindi idiom is spoken largely.