Languages of Kasaragod

Modern day Kasaragod has seven languages used actively by its inhabitants. While Malayalam is still used for administrative purposes, one can regularly come across speakers of Tulu, Beary Bashe, Kannada, Marathi and Konkani on its streets. The dialects and tribal tongues are even more varied and add a unique cultural flavour to their surroundings. The way Malayalam itself is spoken is unique, and is said to be harder for residents of other parts of the State to comprehend. Referred to as 'Kasrod Malayalam', it has much less Sanskrit influence, when compared to other Dravidian languages.

Extensive usage of 'ny' sound, lack of or loss of approximant consonants, presence of sound 'b' instead of 'v' along with words often ending with 'aa' whereas in standard Malayalam it ends with 'o', are some of the salient features of the language.Pronouns are preferred while using normal conversation and Kasrod Malayalam is generally considered more spontaneous and natural-sounding. Sentences are relatively shorter and it has a heavy influence of Tulu, Kannada, Arabic, Hindi and Tamil as a result of its myriad trade relations throughout India and the world. Some expressions have single word substitutes that even other Malayalis are not aware of and newer words keep getting added to its ever vibrant vocabulary.

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