Telugu language

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Telugu (natively తెలుగు telugu) is a Dravidian language. Telugu has the third largest number of native speakers in India (74 million according to the 2001 census) and is 15th in the Ethnologue list of most-spoken languages worldwide.[2]

It is the official language of Andhra Pradesh, one of the largest states of India and the centrally administered Yanam district of the union territory of Puducherry. The mother tongue of the majority of people of Andhra Pradesh, it is also spoken in neighbouring states like Chattisgarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa and Tamil Nadu. It is also one of the twenty-two scheduled languages of the Republic of India[3] and was conferred the status of a Classical language by the Government of India.[4][5]

Telugu Script is derived from Bhattiprolu script, which is itself a variant of Brahmi Script. Telugu vocabulary has been subjected to prolonged influence from Sanskrit[6] and Prakrits.[7] It is also influenced by Urdu.

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