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Though spoken by a highly advanced and educated community the Tulu language did not develop much of classical literature due perhaps to lack of royal patronage. But we do come across a large mass of folk literature handed down to us through oral tradition. Considering the small area in which this language is spoken the output of Tulu oral tradition is really marvelous and the folk epics and ballads found here can be ranked among the well known folk epics of other regions. The recent discovery of a couple of inscriptions as well as two epic poems `Sri Bhagavato' and `Kaveri' in what is known as the Tulu Script has completely shaken our notions 'about the use of this language in mass-media and creative writings in ancient times. One of the inscriptions is ascribed to 15th Century by the epigraphists whereas the epic poem `Sri Bhagavato' can safely be ascribed to the 17th Century as per the horoscope of the author recorded in the work. The other poem also belongs to the same period as testified by the language used in the poem. A manuscript of another prose work is also discovered recently.

These factors enable Tutu to occupy a place of pride among the major literary languages of India which possesses classical literature of earlier centuries. During the past one century however, there has been a rich harvest of modern literature in this language. Folk literature of the oral tradition is abundant in Tulu. A unique folk-epic tradition known as paaddana is a rich treasure of Tulu culture reflecting several aspects of the social life and religious and social traditions of Tulunadu. Tulu has a very rich treasure of vocabulary and idiom relating to countless occupations and crafts, fairs and festivals, religious rites, arts, sports and amusements. Tulu has retained several characteristics of the original Dravidian tongue. Linguists feel that an analysis of Tulu language would greatly help a comparative study of Dravidian language and the reconstruction of the Proto Dravidian language.

The Tulu culture has several special characteristics: just to name a few: religious rites like Nagamandala and Bhuta worship; theatre forms like Yakshagana and Talamaddale, folk dances like aati kajanja and maadira; folk singing traditions like sandhi, paaddana, oobeele, kabite etc., folk amusements like kambala (buffalo race); kooli arika (cock-fight),.folk games like palle pattuni, pokku gobbu, kaliaata etc., social institutions like aliya santaana kattu (system of inheritance by sister’s sons). Naturally the essence of this culture is infused in the language and in its oral and written forms of literature. Undoubtedly Tulu deserves a serious and systematic study.

About a hundred and thirty years ago Christian missionaries began the practice of using Kannada script to write and print texts in Tulu language. Quite a few religious and literary works were printed in this fashion. Prior to this there has been in vogue a script which indeed had the name Tulu script. But strangely this Tulu script later on came to be exclusively used by Brahmins to write texts of Sanskrit language. Even today philosophical texts and religious verses are being sometimes written in the Tulu script. The Brahmins of the Dakshina Kannada district have had the tradition of going to centers of learning in Kerala for higher studies in scriptures. These scholars and the Malayalam scholars of Kerala jointly formulated a script which was known as the Tulu-Malayalam script. This script, with some modifications, came to be known as Tulu script and was being used by Sanskrit scholars and priests. A few inscriptions in this Tulu script have also been discovered. The manuscripts of the Tulu epics `Sri Bhagavato and 'Kaveri', which belong to the 17th-century are also in this Tulu script.

Christian Missionaries came to Dakshina Kannada in 1834 and started their missionary activities in places like Mangalore, Mulki and Udupi. When_ they gave their religious discourses or published the translations of religious texts like the Bible, they found it convenient to use the Tulu language spoken by the majority of the people in these areas. Since the official language of the area was Kannada, they published their works in Kannada script itself. They took the initiative of writing a grammar of Tulu and of making a dictionary of Tulu language for the sake of the learners of the language. Whatever might have been the objectives of their popularizing the Tulu language, there is no denying of the fact that these missionary activities laid the foundation for the development of Tulu as a language of literature and education. Development of written literature in Tulu was greatly helped by their missionary programs. The grammar and the dictionary produced by the missionaries have played a vital role in initiating a renaissance of Tulu language. In the pre-independence days The Tulu movement started in Udupi by the late Sri Paniyadi and his friends was greatly strengthened by the missionary zeal for the propagation of Tulu.

Since then, Kannada script has been accepted as the script for the writing of the Tulu language. Among Christian missionaries Rev. Kammerer and Rev. Amman were the first to think in terms of preparing a dictionary for Tulu language. In 1856 Rev. Kammerer began collecting the words in the language and by 1858 when he died; he had made a list of 2000 vocabulary units. Rev. Manner took up the task of completing this work. With the help of Kapu Madhwaraya, Mulki Seetharama, Mangalore Sarvothama Pai and Israel Aron of Basel Mission he prepared a Tulu-English dictionary of about 18000 words and this was published in 1886 with the financial support of the Madras Government. This was a monumental work in those days. In 1988, as a sequel to this, an English-Tulu dictionary was published by Rev. Manner. For the next one century these were the only authentic dictionaries available for use for the study of Tulu language. The Christian missionaries deserve great credit for this significant contribution which they made when neither linguistics nor lexicography had attained any great advancement. Rev. Manner had tried to make his dictionary as perfect as possible within the means available in those days. He had written-the Tulu words both in Kannada script and modified Roman script. He had incorporated special symbols to indicate the correct pronunciation. In addition to giving several meanings he had illustrated them by mentioning relevant phrases and idioms. It is a standing example for the hard work and devotion of the German Missionaries.

Considering the limitations of the time, personnel and other facilities and resources available at that time this dictionary can be considered as a monumental work. But _being the first dictionary of this language produced one hundred years ago when the linguistic science was` not well developed it has its obvious limitations. In a language like Tulu which does not possess much of written literature and which has different regional and social dialects, a detailed survey is necessary to record vocabularies used by the people of different communities and professions. Extensive field work has to be undertaken to collect the specialized vocabulary used in relation to the various occupations and on the occasion of fairs and festivals, religious ceremonies, folk performances, sports and games. The past lexicographers did not have the necessary facilities. The scientific techniques needed for the purpose had not yet been discovered. Manner's dictionary, for example, had not distinguished between the two major dialects of the Tulu language - one the common Tulu and the other used by the Shivalli Brahmins. It had not recorded the variations of the words in different dialects of Tulu. It had not given synonyms, or meanings in Kannada, nor equivalents in the other Dravidian languages. It had not incorporated proverbs, idioms and citations. Though synonyms and derivations had been given here and there, they were very meager. The dictionary did not contain specialized technical words relating to different professions, occupations, religious and social practices etc. It did not include words relating to special styles of the language and words peculiar to folk-literature. In 1967 Prof. IM. Mariappa Bhat, Professor of Kannada at Madras University and his colleague,

Dr. Shankar Kedilaya brought out a dictionary containing about eight thousand words. In a way this is a simplified version of Manner's dictionary. Prof. Bhat and Dr. Kedilaya excluded several Sanskrit words which had been incorporated in the original dictionary. They also rectified several errors in the explanatory comments and added a few new words which they had come across in the course of their social interaction with the communities in the Puttur region. This is an authoritative handbook of Tulu vocabulary immensely useful for the general reader: But the editors had no opportunity to conduct a thorough survey of the language as spoken in different parts of the district. They had not gone in for the inclusion of words relating to special registers, different occupations, socio-religious rites, performing arts etc. Hence an all comprehensive dictionary was yet an unfulfilled dream. , In recent years there has been a significant renaissance in the Tulu speaking areas of the district. The awareness of the richness of the tradition of Tulu language and culture has led to the attempts to revive and strengthen it. Tulu is being increasingly used as a means of literary expression. The demand for recognition of Tulu as a regional language has led to the use of Tulu in the media. It has been the subject of serious study and research in educational institutions and Universities. People have recognized the need for and have started encouraging efforts of documentation and propagating the use of the language in wider areas of life and its study and research. In this context of Tulu renaissance the importance of a comprehensive dictionary to serve as a reference work for the study of Tulu life and culture cannot be over emphasized. It was the Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra, the postgraduate research wing of College, Udupi, affiliated to the Mangalore University which} while initiating projects of study and research in the fields of Tuluva history, anthropology, social life of Tuluvas, Tulu language and art, had realized the need for preparing an all comprehensive dictionary based on a systematic dialect survey of the Tulu speaking areas of the- District.

The treasure of words and explanations relating to the social, religious, art and professional contexts of Tulu life would be an invaluable reference work containing material not only for the-study of Tulu language but also of its culture.

The project that the Samshodhana Kendra envisaged was a pioneering one. The Lexicons of the great languages of the world are mainly based on the words chosen from the literary texts of the respective languages. Only as a supplement to this treasure of words, details relating to the spoken versions of the language are generally appended. The dictionaries brought out in those languages which exist in the oral tradition with little or no literary texts for support are word lists prepared by linguists for purposes of linguistic analysis and research or small dictionaries brought out_ by Christian missionaries or other social or educational institutions. They are mostly limited to the basic vocabulary of the language.

No systematic effort had yet been done to collect the vast treasure of words in use in the myriad situations of life encompassing its several aspects. The Tulu Lexicon Project aims to bring out a complete dictionary which can become a cultural encyclopedia incorporating everything relating to Tulu life and culture. It was decided to gather, in addition to the basic vocabulary current in the everyday life of people in different regions of Tulunadu and belonging to different social groups, technical words relating to different professions like agriculture, fishing, hunting and various handicrafts, cultural words in vogue in the social and religious rites like Bhuta worship, buffalo race, cock-fighting etc, on the basis of an extensive dialect' survey in each region. It was decided to note down the variations in form and pronunciation of each word in different regions and communities. It was envisaged that words should be collected from the several special styles of the language like literary language, child-language, language of folk literature and the language of the Bhuta oracle etc. The plan included also the gathering of words relating to proper -nouns peculiar to the community, surnames, place names and clan names, idiomatic expressions, interjections, prefixes and suffixes, oblique forms of words in declension, conjugation and formation of compounds. The method to be adopted was to list the Tulu words in the Indian alphabetical order in the Kannada and modified Roman scripts, to give dialect variations, provide different shades of meaning, to note down compound words and phrases* derived from them and give proverbs and riddles relating to those words. It was also envisaged to record cognate words in sister-Dravidian languages like Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. The regional and social variations in form and sound will lead to knowledge of the special features of Tulu dialects. They will provide material for the reconstruction of the Proto-Tulu. They will help the evolution of a standard form to be used in the media and in the composition of literature. The derivatives, idioms and proverbs are going to be of immense help in the development of literary styles and the preparation of text books. The vocabulary relating to different aspects of culture and the explanations there on will provide the material for the understanding and interpretation of the special features of Tulu society and will activate scholars to study and take up research on Tulu' culture and in general it will lead to a revival and promotion of Tulu culture. The recording of cognate words in sister languages will help a comparative study of Dravidian languages. They will throw light on the origin and history of Tulu language and will help to estimate the relationship between Tulu and the Proto Dravidian tongue.

Tulu language is geographically limited to a small region but the dialect variations displayed by it are really baffling and a challenge to Linguists. For the first time, a systematic and scientific survey and analysis of the dialects was conducted for this language. When - Prof. T. Burrow, renowned linguist of Oxford University and M.B. Emeneau of California University jointly worked on “Dravidian Etymological Dictionary” the only reference work on Tulu available for them was the dictionary by Rev. Manner. The absence of information on Tulu dialects and the specialized occupational vocabulary in that dictionary was a great handicap for them in their work. Now this dictionary under, preparation is_ expected to provide invaluable material for future linguistic research and comparative study of Dravidian languages. Several scholars from America England and India have expressed their views in favor of the objectives and methodology adopted for this project and have called it a very timely and significant contribution to linguistic study. A project of this magnitude required stupendous financial support and sustained collective human endeavor- It is heartening that the project has got the support of young and old scholars with a deep sense of-commitment to the revival of Tulu language and culture.

The most significant support came from the Government of Karnataka which readily accepted the proposal placed before it in the year 1979 and came forward to provide the necessary grant to launch and carry out the project. The Trust of College, which runs the Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra has provided the necessary physical facilities in terms of  building, office rooms and furniture. The Academy of General Education and Sri Veerendra  Heggade, Darmadhikari of Darmasthala temple has lent institutional support. With the  support assured by these organizations and with the cooperation of leading public- figures  and scholars the project was initiated on October 1979. 

The work accomplished by the Tulu Lexicon Project can be listed as follows: 

1) Initial preparations, training sessions-and workshops for field workers and researchers. 
2) Preliminary survey, fixing up of dialect areas. 
3) Publication of the specimen pages; setting up of aim and objectives of the project. 
4) Field work in is villages. Collection and recording of 50,000 words and their variations  from the spoken language of different communities. 
5) Audio recording of 300 hours of recitation of paaddanas, songs, kabites, nursery rhymes  etc. 
6) Transcription of paaddanas in about 25,000 lines. Collection of special words and idioms  from the paaddanas from the tapes as well as from the transcribed portions 
7) Audio recording and documentation of interviews held with people of different  occupations and professions. 
8) Collection of four thousand proverbs and riddles. 
9) Collection of vocabulary relating to different occupations like farming, horticulture, 
fishing, toddy-tapping, hunting, oil pressing, pottery, basket making, weaving etc. on  the basis of survey done on the spot, where these activities are being carried on.  Collection of information on the occasion of folk tournaments like buffalo race and  cock-fighting.  
11) Participation in several sessions of Bhuta worship in several places and collection and  recording offrwords relating tothe different forms of ritual and worship, recording of  the oragle sessions of spirit worship. , 
12 Participation in several social and religious rituals and sacrements like marriage,  ceremony, pubertymrites funeral rituals etc. etc. of different communities and  of different seasons and collection of data. 
13) Gathering of information on the beliefs, rituals, tabooes etc. current among different  communities.' - 
14) Collection of vocabulary from childrens' language, derogatory and abusive words,  vocative words, echo words onomatopoic words, proper nouns peculiar to Tuluvas,  surname, place names etc. _ 
15) Collection of 80(lt] words from the _ancient epics@`Sri Bhagavatho and `Kaverr and the  appropriate citations. . ` 
16) Collection of words~from_all the other available literary sources of Tulu language, like '  the publications of Christian missionaries, publications in Tulu during the time of Sr:  Paniyadi and Tulu texts of contemporary times. a 
12) . Classification of words according to subjects and the preparation of index cards. 
18) Listing of classified data and the making of the skeleton of the Tulu lexicon. 
19) Preparation of rough draft of the lexicon for the words relating to human body-parts;  home and domestic' life, and trees and plants. 
20) Printing and publication of a 80 page specimen dictionary with 500 words relatingto  human limbs.- as 
21) Alphabetical arrangement of cards and the preparation of rough draft of the dictionary  for vowels. A 
22) Printing and publication of the first volume. 

We are immensely happy to place before scholars and linguists of the world and the  general public of the Tulu region this first volume of the Tulu Lexicon. We don*t claim  that this publication is free from. any deficiencies or that it is all perfect. It is almost an  impossible task to delve into all the remotest depths of any language and to exhibit its  whole treasure. Any human effort will fall short of the ultimate possibilities of achievement  and accomplishment. In the words of Drl Samuel Johnson, the Father of modern Lexicography,  authors of other works canaspire for encomiums and rewards. The best that a lexicographer  can hope for is to be spared from blame and ridicule. Even that would be an over ambitious  hope. 

"Every other author may aspire to praise.  The Lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach Samuel Johnson  But we have reasons for consolation too. From several points of view this Lexicon can  claim a place of distinction among all the dictionaries brought out in Indian Languages.  Mostly the dictionaries of Indian languages are based on vocabulary collected from written  texts. Though this Lexicon has drawn on a variety of literary texts ranging from the ancient  epic poems "`Sri Bhagavatho" and *'Kar-ieri" of the 17th century to. the most contemporary  literary epic "Mandara Ramayana", it has in addition availed itself of the vocabulary from  the folk literature preserved through oral tradition and also from the varieties of dialects  E actually spoken in the different regions. To the best of our knowledge and belief no other  dictionary in India has followed this plan of drawing on the various sources of a living  language like written literature, folk literature and dialect material. It is-rare to find a  dictionary drawing on different styles of a language. But here we have recorded words  from a wide range of styles from the highly stylized Bhuta oracle to the simple straight-  forward lisping of a child. While giving examples we have drawn extensively on all possible  sources. We have given citations not only from ancient epics like Sri Bhagavaro, Bible  translations of Missionaries, Tulu literature from the past century till today consisting. of  stories, poetry, plays and Yakshaganas, but also from the paao'danas, sarrdhis, uraals and  folk tales. Even the Bhuta oracles and nursery rhymes have been used while giving 

In addition,~a large number of proverbs, riddles, jokes, abusive phrases have  been given. Such an extensive exploitation of the literary, folk and colloquial resources of  a language is not attempted so far for any Indian language. That is the basis for our consolation.  The extensive dialect survey and field work accomplished as preliminary task for collecting  a large body of data is also a singular achievement. The survey and field work have been 
conducted both as per the interview method and the participation method. The field workers  have combed the region from the colonies of _the fishermen in the West coast up to the  dwelling places of Malekudiya tribes of t-he Western ghats. They have covered all communities  from the Brahmins of Udupi to the Gowdas of Sullia, from the Kopalas of Kasaragod to  the Jains of Karkala. They have mixed with people of all ranks and communities, visiting  the palatial residences (Guttu, Beedu) of the Bunts and the pens and huts of Harijans.-They  have -witnessed myriad rites and festival ranging from the adyeta cullelu of Meras to the  'siimanta' of Brahmins. They have ranged between occupations like weaving of baskets and  tapping of toddy, between sports like 'cenne manef' and cock fighting, between paaddanas  and joking verses of marriage ceremonies. This extensive exploitation of a wide range of  resources is a pioneering achievement. it is noteworthy that both formal styles and colloquial  styles are given equal importance in a dictionary. Dialect expressions do find a place in  several creative works of modern times. This is natural and necessary in a growing language.  When we read the literary works of Kannada writers=like Shivarama Karanth, Mirji Annaraya,  and Rao Bahaddur, there are occas_ions when no l<annada dictionary helps us in understanding  some peculiar expressions based on the dia_lect_variations of the language of the area. On  such occasions it is only dictionaries which incorporate both the formal and informal  elements in the language that can help us. From this point of view this Lexicon is expected  to become a beacon light to future Lexicographers in other Indian Languages. 

Generally,~in the Lexicons of Indian Languages, only the root' word is chosen for entry  and explanation. But in this Lexicon along with the root words, the suffixes and the variations  of the suffixes in different dialects are also recorded along- wgh their fneaningsboth in  Kannada and English and examples of usage, -cf, unglu, uncla, antu, anta, andu, ande,  anu etc. Those who wish to take up a scientific analysis of Tulu `language or take up a  comparative study of Tulu dialects or those who are engaged in the reconstruction of Proto  Tulu language will find such entries immensely useful. It is also common that when certain  nouns or verbs are inflected or conjugated, or when they are followed by other nouns or  verbs in compound words they undergo certain modifications of form. Such oblique forms  are `given here withthe symbol obl. When such modifications are frequent in usage they  have been chosen-as main entries and the compound words derived from them have been  `given as sub-entries. The modified form of the word ayinu *five' is ayf- and the derivatives  are ayimbala, ayinirigalu etc. When verbs and nouns are given as main entries, if their-  conjugated or inflected forms have any irregular or special forms they have been given  within brackets. For eg. ajji; ajjiyadiklu: plural. When reflexive and causative forms are  given as main entries, the roots from which these have been derived are given within brackets.  Irregular inflected and conjugated forms are given as main entries along with grammatical  explanations (cf. umuku, innaata, etc.) Certain special units of Tulu expressions like idiomatic  particles such as umbaraa, gnda, inpii, indudu etc, echo words like aglye gidye, aamaji  paamaji etc.; onamatopoeic words like ambee, abulabulu, have been incorporated into this  lexicon. When the main entry occurs as the final element of a compound word, all such  compound words are given together against the symbol-vide. (see: aata, addige, anne, illul 

When a compound word or inflected or conjugated word appears as a main entry its  analysis is given below by separating the constituents by a + mark.  Such detailed treatment of grammatical forms and usages is not noticed in the dictionaries  of other Indian languages. We hope that the methodology adopted for this lexicon will  serve as a model for other lexicographers. ~  The recording of synonyms is another special feature of this dictionary. For example, 
against the main entry asaru is given the symbol cf. followed by its synonyms angatne,  baajalu turse etc. Not only for root words but also for prefixes this system is adopted.  Words which are not synonyms but which can be compared with that entry due to some  kind of formal or semantic relationship have been given in square brackets against the 
symbol,' q.v. for example, against the main entry agelu the words igle, pasaarne etc. have  been indicated. Though all these are edible offerings to spirits and Bhutas they are different  from each other. But there is a commonness among =them.too. Similarly the negative suffix  in the past tense - iju and the negative suffix in present tense ~uju can be compared _for  structural and semantic relationship. Such entries of synonyms and comparable words are  given wherever it is felt useful. this lexicon is full of such useful grammatical and semantic  information. Some lexicons do give the pronunciation of words in a modified Roman script  or in the International Phonetic script to facilitate correct pronunciation particularly forthe  benefit of those who are not veryjamiliar with the script used in the lexicon. But we have  given here in international phonetic script the. transliteration not only of the main entries,  but also of- the sub-entries,- of the derivatives, of the usages drawn from literary sources  and of idioms and proverbs. This will facilitate the use of Tulu words and usages by scholars  all over the world for purposes of comparative study of Dravidian languages. Giving the  entire data - words, illustrations, citations etc. in two scripts - Kannada and Roman is a  noteworthy feature of this lexicon.

When words are beingexplained in Kannada and English, attention has been paid to  the several levels of meaning: General meaning, special meaning,= figurative meaning,  derogatory meaning and suggested meaning. For example see the rheanings of entries like  2aa, angle, ajaa etc, and also different homophonous forms of the words like atte, 2aa, aru,  aaju, ari etc. When the words relate to social, cultural- and artistic specialities of Tulu people  or to the characteristic occupations of Tuiu region, the explanation of the words ar given.  on the model of any encyclopaedia. For example see aati (Karkataka month). The sub-entries  aarida punname, aatida agelu, aatikaianja, aati kuiluni have been explained with reference  to.the relevant cultural background and the associated rituals. Further examples can be 
seen under the main entry ari and the sub entries arikurkuni, ari paaraavuni, aritta biru  etc,. and under the main entry ame and the sub entries like amekatti, amekkaie ameniiru,  amemuuri etc. When plant names are explained, their uses as edible stuff, as tools of  agriculture, as herbs and as components of religious rites are recorded, wherever these  details are relevant. See the_ entries igeyi, iindu etc. and their use in folk medicine, in  agricultural operation, in rituals etc. The botanic names of the plants are also given. Proverbs,  riddles and_ superstitions relating to them are also recorded. Thus designed on the model  of an encyclopaedia it can set an example for dictionaries in other Indian languages to be  prepared in future. For the exactness of explanations see words like unda, ande, aia, aguru,  arkilu, iidu, avu etc. - 

While recording the cognates ofwords in other Dravidian languages we have consulted  the Dravidian Etymological Dictionary by Burrow and Emeneau and several other dictionaries.  in the case of words borrowed from Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, Marathi, Hindi  or English, we have shown the forms in the language of origin. Thus an`attempt has been  made to trace every Tulu word to its origin.  The extensive illustration of the use of words in phrases and idioms is another special  feature of this dictionaryj Under the main entry adi we have given not only the compound  words, and derived words like adi antara, adikanni, adittadya, adipaaya, adibariji etc. as  sub-entries, but also idioms and phrases likeadimudelu tappuni, adikanfa paadtxni, adipuujuni  etc. This throws valuable light on the stylistics of Tulu language. `There are more than fifty  sub entriesunder the main entry adi. Similarly the sub-entries under arts, aglye, ari, aati,  angle observed in the initial pages, will reveal the uniqueness of the methodology adopted  in the preparation of this dictionary. '  We. have sincerely tried to produce an authoritative, dependable dictionary of an all  comprehensive nature. it is those who walk that stumble, as the popular Kannada adage  goes. We may have stumbled here and there. If our readers give us a sympathetic and  understanding feed-back, we will be in a position to improve on this scheme in the next  volumes under preparation.  When we launched upon this project in 1979 it was our intention to complete it in  about five years.

But, for various reasons we have had to extend the period of the project.  The greater the extent of field work, the greater is the volume of the work involved. The  vocabulary in the various occupations has not yet been fully surveyed...As we consult more  and more sources, and come across more and more informants our list of words goes on  extending. The vocabulary contained in the folk literature of Tulu is itself much beyond  our original estimate. The newly published epics of yore "Sri Bhagavato" "Kaveri" and  modern epics like "Mandara Ramayana" have provided us with a more extensive range of  vocabulary. When we launched upon this project we expected a higher degree of involvement  of local scholars in field work and dialect survey. but owing` to o_ther preoccupations of  these scholars - most of whom are lecturers and teachers and thus` burdened with work  through out the year they could not help us in extensive field work. Most of the dialect  survey had to be done by two or three researchers of the Projects.~As the posts of  researchers are temporary posts and do not carry the privileges admissible to other regular  government posts we could not get adequate responses to our adertisements. The scope  of the lexicon went on becoming larger and the staff went on depleting in size. Thus the  period of its operation is inevitably getting extended.  For the project to take shape, several individuals have toiled hard. The project is being  financed by the Karnataka Government.

Former Ministers of Karnataka state like Sri Subbayya  Shetty, Sri Veerappa Moily and Sri G.B. Shankar liao have encouraged the Project. Chief  Minister Sri Ramakrishna Hegde, Education Minister Dr. Jeevaraja Alva, and Tourism, Kannada  and Culture Minister Sri M.P. Prakash have sustained the project during these crucial years  of its progress. The directors of the department of Kannada & culture, Government of  Karnataka recognized the magnitude and significance of the project and given their full  support. We have relied heavily for organizational support on the Trustees of  College headed by Sri Pai, Sri T. Ramesh U Pai, Registrar of the Academy of General  Education, and Sri D. Veerendra Heggade, the Dharmadhikari of Sri Dharmasthala Temple.  The members of the Editorial Advisory Committee have spared their valuable time and  offered their valuable suggestions and guidelines. `The local scholars and consultants in  different regions of the district have helped us in arranging our field camps. and also offered  their valuable suggestions in determining meaning of the vocabulary items oolieded. Last  hut not the least we are highly obliged to our innocent village folk who cooperated with  us, replied to our querries, Sang their paaddanas and ballads, danced to the tune of their  ternbere hearings, expiained the process ,of making their baskets, pots and other handicraftt,  demonstrated their agricultural operations, fishing expcdtions and other occupational activities,  played their games, performed their ceremonies for our sake and cooperated with us in  long interview sessions. But for their cooperation our work would not have proceeded so  smoothly. The Lexicon Project is grateful to them. 

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Examples:   arista for ಅರಿಷ್ಟ;aru kadpuni for ಅರು ಕಡ್ಪುನಿ adigiitu for ಅಡಿಗೀಟ್ addabeeru for ಅಡ್ದಬೇರ್ .. etc. More information on the transliterated English characters to be used are found in Help page. 

Please note out of 6 volumes of Tulu Lexicon only 1 volume is uploaded now, i.e. the Tulu alphabets starting with letters ಅ u, uu, … a, aa, i and
ii are available online. We are continously working to make the other volumes online, phase by phase and it is expected to take another 6 months to upload all the Tulu words.

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