Tulu language in digital age:
Tulu is a Dravidian language spoken by moe than two million people, mainly in the southwest part of India known as Tulu Nadu. The language has a good deal of written literature, together with a rich oral literature such as the Siri Epic. The language was first written with the Tulu script, which was an adaptation of Grantha script.
There are few good initiatives by scholars and people of the region to preserve and develop the Tulu language, this article tries to capture some of the initiatives where the tulu language is preserved in the digital age. The need of standardizing the tulu script is most important especially in ISO or Unicode standards. There is a absolute need to come up with a unified strategy with the participation of local people so that our heritage can be preserved for our future generations.
We at www.NammaBhoomi.com are fully committed to provide a platform where such discussions can take place and popularise the adoption of Tulu language by the young generation. We seek your participation and together we can make an impact.
Following are the some resources which will help us in understanding the various research work being conducted across the globe.
Tulu ISO Standard document http://std.dkuug.dk/JTC1/SC2/WG2/docs/n4025.pdf
Proposal for encoding the Tulu script http://www.evertype.com/standards/iso10646/pdf/tulu.pdf
Tulu Unicode initiative http://www.unicode.org/L2/L2012/12203-kannada-tulu.pdf
We at NammaBhoomi dream of creating a word processor where Tuluva’s can write Tulu using Tulu scripts. If there any volunteers who are working or wish to work in this direction, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org