On Sat, 6 May 2000, Daniel A. Wier wrote:

> From: "LIJESH KRISHNAN" <[log in to unmask]>
> > Konkani, one of the official languages of India, spoken in the state
> of Goa,
> > and by ethnic Konkani Brahmins everywhere, has no script. People
> usually use
> > Devanagri or the language of the state where they live. I've even
> heard
> > someone say that Latin is used. Don't know much more about it.
> Konkani is a Dravidian language, right?

No. It is Indo-European with a Hindi-like ergative split. As an
undergraduate, I had a field methods course in Konkani. I didn't
know to appreciate the phonology and morphology at the time, and
I wrote a lousy paper on the syntax of case marking.


Dirk Elzinga
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