An Outline Grammar of Havyaka

Author: Dr. D N Shankara Bhat
Language: English
Pages: 96
Edition: 1971
Publisher:  Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute


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Havyaka is a dialect of Kannada, spoken by the Havyaka Brahmins of the two Kanara districts, and also of the Shimoga district, of Karnataka. It has several sub-dialects, and the present sketch is based on the sub-dialect spoken mainly in Puttur Taluk of South Kanara district.

The dialect is interesting because it shows several characteristic features of the Coastal dialects of Kannada; these dialects are markedly different from the non-coastal dialects of Kannada. Some of the differences that occur between them can be taken back to more than one thousand years. It can, in fact, be claimed that the earliest dialect division of Kannada must have occurred between the coastal and non-coastal regions.

The present study contains a grammatical sketch, some texts with English translation, and a vocabulary.