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I am grateful to my teacher Dr. M. S. Thirumalai, the then Professor- cum-Deputy Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages for guiding and supervising my work from choice of topic to submission of the dissertation.

I am immensely grateful to the Central Institute of Indian Languages for the excellent ethos it provided me with during my research.

I am grateful to Dr. D. P. Pattanayak, former Director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore for according permission to conduct this research.

I remember with gratitude all the help rendered to me by late Dr. Jayavant S. Kulli, with whom I had a long association as a student. I dedicate this dissertation to him.

With due respect I acknowledge the help that I have received from Dr. M. M. Kalburgi, Professor in Kannada and Dr. William Madtha, Professor in Linguistics of the Institute of Kannada Studies, Karnatak University, Dharwar.

Some of the rare works were made available to me for consultation by Shri. Jothi Ramalingam, I.A.S., Assistant Commissioner, Madikeri, Shri B.D. Subbayya, Shri B.D. Ganapati, Shri K.M. Chinnappa, are some of my resource persons. Shri S. Raju typed the dissertation with patience, Shri N.H. Itagi, prepared the map of the study area, Shri A.R. Basavaraju helped me in work connected with this thesis. I am thankful to all of them.

I am thankful to the authorities of Karnataka University, Dharwad for their kind permission to publish this work.

It is with gratitude, love, affection and admiration that I remember my parent Shri A. Channaveeraiah at the time of the submission of the dissertation.

Last but not the least, this work would not have been completed without the co-operation of my informants. I thank all of them, more specifically Shri Bolka.



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