The written tradition of Kannada begins in the early centuries of common era.The earliest examples of a full-length Kannada language stone inscription (shilaashaasana) containing Brahmi characters with characteristics attributed to those of proto-Kannada in Hale Kannada (lit Old Kannada) script can be found in the Halmidi inscription, usually dated c.In one more Prakrit inscription of 250 CE found in Malavalli, Kannada towns like v Egoora M (b Egooru), kundamuchcha MDi find a reference.

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Recent reports indicate that the Old Kannada Nishadi inscription discovered on the Chandragiri hill, Shravanabelagola, is older than Halmidi inscription by about fifty to hundred years and may belong to the period AD 350–400. Shettar is of the opinion that an inscription of the Western Ganga King Kongunivarma Madhava (c.

350–370) found at Tagarthi (Tyagarthi) in Shikaripura taluk of Shimoga district is of 350 CE and is also older than the Halmidi inscription.

Kannada is influenced to an appreciable extent by Sanskrit.

Influences of other languages such as Prakrit and Pali can also be found in the Kannada language. Narayana claims that many tribal languages which are now designated as Kannada dialects could be nearer to the earlier form of the language, with lesser influence from other languages.

Greek dramatists of the 5th–4th century BCE were purportedly familiar with the Kannada country and language.

This would show a far more intimate contact of the Greeks with Kannada culture than with Indian culture elsewhere.) is said to be written on a huge wall constructed in Alexandria in the 4th century BCE as part of the remnants of 36,000 palm manuscripts that had been burnt in an accidental fire in Alexander's time.

is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Kannada people in India, mainly in the state of Karnataka, and by significant linguistic minorities in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Kerala, Goa and abroad.

The language has roughly 40 million native speakers The Kannada language is written using the Kannada script, which evolved from the 5th-century Kadamba script.

Ptolemy writes in the midst of the false mouth and the Barios, there is a city called Maganur (Mangalore).