In the 150 CE Prakrit book Gaathaa Saptashati, written by Haala Raja, Kannada words like t Ir or Teer (meaning to be able), tuppa, pe TTu, po TTu, po TTa, pi TTu (meaning to strike), Pode (Hode) have been used.
Greek dramatists of the 5th–4th century BCE were purportedly familiar with the Kannada country and language.
The language has roughly 38 million native speakers, The Kannada language is written using the Kannada script, which evolved from the 5th-century Kadamba script.
Kannada is attested epigraphically for about one and a half millennia, and literary Old Kannada flourished in the 6th-century Ganga dynasty Kannada is a Southern Dravidian language, and according to Dravidian scholar Sanford B.
The king of this region, and his countrymen, sometimes use their own language, and the sentences they speak could be interpreted as Kannada, including Koncha madhu patrakke haki ("Having poured a little wine into the cup separately") and paanam beretti katti madhuvam ber ettuvenu ("Having taken up the cup separately and having covered it, I shall take wine separately.").
The earliest examples of a full-length Kannada language stone inscription (shilaashaasana) containing Brahmi characters with characteristics attributed to those of proto-Kannada in Hale Kannada (lit Old Kannada) script can be found in the Halmidi inscription, usually dated c.