Meaning of TELUGU LANGUAGE in English

language of the Dravidian family, spoken in southeastern India; it is the official language of the state of Andhra Pradesh. There are several distinct regional dialects in Telugu, as well as three social dialectsBrahman, non-Brahman, and Harijan (Untouchable). The formal, or literary, language is also distinct from the spoken dialects, a situation known as diglossia. Telugu, like the other Dravidian languages, has a series of retroflex consonants (e.g., t, d, n; sounds pronounced with the tip of the tongue curled back against the roof of the mouth), and it indicates such grammatical categories as case, number, person, and tense with suffixes. Reduplication (repetition of words or syllables to create new forms) is commone.g., pakapaka: suddenly bursting out laughing; garagara: clean, neat, nice. Written materials in Telugu date from AD 633, and its literature begins with a version of the Hindu epic Mahabharata by the Telugu writer Nannaya, dating from the 10th or 11th century. The Telugu script is derived from that of the Calukya dynasty (6th century) and is related to that of Kannada.

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