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 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

PDF version for the language Telugu
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Source: United Nations Department of Public Information, NY


Native Name

Total Speakers
73,000,000 (1995)

Usage By Country
Official Language: Andhra Pradesh/India Home Speakers: Malaysia, South Africa

Telugu is spoken principally in the state of Andra Pradesh, south-eastern India. With about 70 million speakers, it is the most widely spoken of the four major Dravidian languages of southern India, each of which is recognized as an official provincial language by the Indian constitution. In tracing its origins, there is reason to believe that Telugu is not the language of any specific dominant people of Eastern India, but rather the confluence of individual languages of a dozen-to-twenty big tribal groups. Hence, it seems that its origins can be traced as far as 1500 BC. The Telugu alphabet most closely resembles that of Kanarese, both of them having developed out of the Grantha script, which appeared in India approximately in the 5th century A.D.

Received 5/25/1998
Posted 10/26/1998
Checked 11/16/1998