Ancient 

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Kannada traces back over 2,000 years, with roots in inscriptions from the 3rd century BCE. 

Script 

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The Kannada script, Kannada Lipi, consists of 49 characters and is syllabic in nature. 

Literary Tradition 

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Rich literary heritage, with the Kavirajamarga as the earliest known work. 

Dialects 

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Regional variations exist, reflecting linguistic diversity within Karnataka and neighboring regions. 

Sanskrit Influence 

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Significant influence in vocabulary, grammar, and literary styles. 

Modern Vernacular Literature 

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20th-century saw a renaissance with writers like Kuvempu and Masti Venkatesha Iyengar. 

Official Language 

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Holds the status of the official language in Karnataka. 

Cultural Significance 

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Integral to Karnataka's cultural identity, encompassing various genres. 

Global Reach 

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Recognition and translations contribute to global dissemination of Kannada literature. 

Preservation Efforts 

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Organizations actively work to promote and preserve Kannada language and heritage.