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(känərēz`) or


(kä`nədə), Dravidian language of India. See Dravidian languagesDravidian languages
, family of about 23 languages that appears to be unrelated to any other known language family. The Dravidian languages are spoken by more than 200 million people, living chiefly in S and central India and N Sri Lanka.
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(self-designation, Kannadiga), a people in southern India; the major part of the population of the state of Mysore.

There are 22 million Kanarese (1970 estimate). They speak Kannada, a Dravidian language. Most of the Kanarese are Hindus, although there are also some Jains, Christians, and Muslims (the last only in the cities). The chief occupations of the Kanarese are farming (rice, millet, cotton, sugarcane), livestock raising (oxen, buffaloes, small cattle), handicrafts (pottery, wood carving), industrial labor, and work on coffee and other plantations.


Narody Iuzhnoi Azii. Moscow, 1963. Pages 627—43
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For much of the region's history, power was fairly evenly balanced between three or more medium-sized states with different linguistic characters: Tamil on the southeast (Coromandel or Cholamandala) coast; Malayalam along the southwest (Malabar) coast; Telegu on the eastern (Andhra) coast north of the Tamil heartland; and Kanarese on the western (now Konkan) coast to the north of the Malabar region.
In January 1905, the Methodist Press in Madras published a booklet in English entitled The Great Revival, with translations in Tamil, Telugu, and (later) Kanarese. Through newspapers, booklets, journals, and other mission periodicals, missionaries and Christians of major language groups were enabled to keep abreast of the events.