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Konkani Language

A popular Indo-Aryan language, Konkani belongs to the family of Indo-European languages. It is primarily spoken in the western coast of India and has also been included in the eighth schedule of the Constitution of India, making it one among the 22 scheduled languages of the country. The roots of the language date back to an era as early as 1187 AD.

Konkani is the official language of the Indian state of Goa, and is also spoken by minor groups in the Indian states of Karnataka, northern Kerala, Maharashtra, and the other union territories of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Historically, the word Konkani derives from Konkan that comes from the Kukkana tribe, who were the very first inhabitants of the land from where Konkani came into existence.

In literal aspects, Konkani has many similarities with Gujarati language, rather than Marathi, which is geographically more close to the language when compared to Gujarati. The present indicatives used in Konkani don’t have any gender, just like Gujarati.

The contemporary Konkani as on today is written in many scripts, including Persian, Malayalam, Roman, as well as Devanagiri scripts.

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