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By Dennis Kurzon

The purpose of the publication is to provide an explanation for the consistent luck within the TOEFL (Test of English as a international Language) of audio system of the Indian language, Konkani, who dwell in Goa and to the south of Goa. The proof turns out to indicate, even though inconclusively, to historic and sociolinguistic elements, a few of which pertain to India as a complete, whereas others are precise to the Konkani-speaking areas.

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The various song and dance forms are put on in shows throughout Goa. In December 1999, the all-Goa mando festival was held in Salcete, Goa, an occasion on which the principal guest was the then Chief Minister, Mr Francisco Sardinha. The mando is a traditional Konkani song with four-line stanzas and chorus. According to the chief minister, such songs were constantly sung at celebrations among Goans (marriages, festivals). He maintained that keeping up such traditional art forms would enhance the ‘survival and enrichment of the Konkani language’ (Navhind Times, 14 December 1999).

Attempts by MGP members and a splinter group to pass a Goa, Daman and Diu Official Language Bill in 1966 ‘were diplomatically countered by Bandodkar’ (p. 47). The central government in New Delhi did not understand the linguistic problems that the Goans were creating for themselves. Prime Minister Nehru was quoted as saying that he did not understand the agitation for Marathi, since Konkani is ‘widely spoken in Goa’ (Navhind Times, 3 July 1963). In 1970 Bandodkar was able to win a vote of confidence and two days later, on 22 August, he declared Konkani written in the Devanagari script as the state language alongside Marathi.

It contains more than 1200 terms which are translated from English into Konkani in both the roman script and in Devanagari. What is happening in the field of written Konkani also occurs in the field The Status of Konkani 37 of broadcast Konkani. Doordarshan, the all-Indian broadcast authority, broadcasts most of its local radio programmes in Konkani. Some of the programmes are translations of Hindi programmes sent from New Delhi but the radio station tries to encourage local Konkani productions (M.

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