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Kerala Muduga Language
Muduga is considered as the major language of Mudugas who inhabits in small portions of Kerala. Moreover Mudugas is considered as the second largest community in district Attappady of Tamil Nadu. Furthermore this Attappady region consists of 18 halmets of Muduga. A fair number of families of Muduga are seen inhabiting in Coimbatore and Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu. It is also investigated that Mudugas were original residents of Coimbatore region and they later on shifted to other parts of Tamil Nadu. In addition they only started this Muduga language. The people of Muduga consider themselves more prior in relation with other communities and they use common language which is somewhat similar to Tamil language. They use many words and phrases which are influenced by Tulu language. Also the literacy rate of Muduga people is higher in comparison with other communities and tribal groups. They only have the right to marriage in their own community and group not with any other group or hamlet.
As per 2001 census, it was estimated that there are approximately 3370 people who speaks Muduga language. This language is even largely spoken in Kerala state and also in some districts of Mannarkad, Palakkad, Attapady block, Veeranuru, Thazhachundakki, Chundakki, Karuvare and Kottamale. It is also extensively spoken in some areas of Ommale,Chitturu, Kallamale, Chandakulam, Ummathupadiga,Koranvanpady, Abbannuru, Pettikkalu, Kottiyuru and Kakkupady. Moreover Tamil Nadu state, Coimbatore and Nilgiris also use this Muduga form of verbal communication.
The alternative name of Muduga language is Mudugar.
This Muduga language is influenced by Tamil, Kannada, Tulu and Malayalam languages. Moreover it is not considered as dialect of any one of them. Furthermore this language contains some similarities in grammatical terms with Tamil language. But this language cannot be treated as a dialect of Tamil language. Additionally Muduga language is not regarded as dialect of any other lingo and it is also distinct with the Dravidian family. In addition no dialects of this verbal communication id determined as so far on survey. In addition it shares some lexical similarity with Malayalam language at about 55% to 57%. It also shares some same connection with Muthuvan language and Tamil language of about 59% to 60%.
This Muduga language belongs under the classification of Dravidian family which contains Southern group beneath it.
Language Use and Developments
As per 2001 census, it was estimated that Men are more literate in Muduga language than women. Moreover it is even found that this language inhabits one of the least literate communities in the state of Kerala as compared to other languages. Whereas Malayalam language, holds maximum number of literate communities in Kerala state. Furthermore this Muduga language is used by all age groups be if it is children or elder people. Additionally it is even used in religious, home and some official purposes. Many people living in minorities groups of Kerala take initiate steps to educate themselves in this language and become bilingual or multilingual persons.
In Muduga language, grammar plays a vital role. It consists of six cases other than vocative and nominative. These cases are Genitive, Sociative, Dative, Accusative, Instrumental and Locative. Additionally personal markers are also present in this verbal communication as well.