Where East Looks West: Success in English in Goa and on the Konkan Coast

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Multilingual Matters, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 158 pages
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The aim of the book is to explain the constant success in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of speakers of the Indian language, Konkani, who live in Goa and to the south of Goa. The evidence seems to point, although inconclusively, to historical and sociolinguistic factors, some of which pertain to India as a whole, while others are unique to the Konkani-speaking regions.
  

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Contents

A Sociolinguistic Look at India
3
The Status of Konkani
22
The KonkaniMarathi Controversy the 200001 Version
42
English in Goa
59
Caste and Migration as Social Phenomena in Goa
70
Language Acquisition
89
Testing the Students
98
Results from Questionnaire
111
English in India
123
Multilingualism
132
Conclusion
140
Goa Daman and Diu Official Language Act 1987
148
Index
155
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Dennis Kurzon is professor of English linguistics at Haifa University, Israel. He has published extensively on legal language and on pragmatics, including both books and articles. Apart from lectures given at various forums, the present book is Kurzon's first incursion into Indian sociolinguistics, based on four years of research including several trips to India.

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