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Naming differences among lexical categories in Hubli-Dharwad (India) Kannada dialect

Author Affiliations

  • 1JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
  • 2JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
  • 3JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
  • 4JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

Res. J. Language and Literature Sci., Volume 7, Issue (1), Pages 1-8, January,19 (2020)


Remarkable changes have been noticed in vocabulary of different dialects of Kannada language which is an official language of Karnataka. As differences in dialects are seen in Phonology, morphology and semantics, measuring this becomes essential. Aim of the current research was to inspect and explore the lexical, semantic and phonological differences in naming of different lexical categories in children of northern Karnataka with that of Mysuru. A total of 100 children (50 Mysuru Kannada dialects and 50 North Karnataka region) in the age range of 4-6 years were considered for the study. All children were native speakers of respective dialect, studying in Government schools with no or minimal exposure to other languages and dialects. Study was carried out in 3 phases. Preparing picturized word list, checking reliability of pictures and naming task of selected pictures were the three phases respectively. Further MANOVA was done as there were many dependent variables. Results revealed that there was a noteworthy difference between group one and group two for all the lexical domains. Frequency distribution examined the frequency of occurrence of type of substitution errors among two groups. The results of the study will help in establishing rehabilitation protocols for the individuals residing in northern part of Karnataka and also provides proper guidelines for speech language therapist in choosing appropriate words for semantic teaching.


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