Portuguese vs Kankani in Goa?

It is well known that in the field of linguistics, from the gallery of the most famous dead Goans, the unique personality of the linguist, Sebastiao Rodolfo Dalgado, professor of language and Sanskrit literature at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lisbon, devoted a large part of his life to studying several languages, especially Indo-R. Konkanani, his mother tongue, which the first Portuguese called Canarim.

Despite going through all the turmoil, and has continued for centuries, kônkânnií has ​​become one of the most relevant identifying marks of Goan identity, recognized only as the official language of the state of Goa. Since the 20th century. In August 1992, that is, against all the legitimate aspirations and expectations of the Goans who practiced their mother tongue, more than three decades after the end of Portuguese sovereignty in the former Portuguese state of India.

Afonso de Albuquerque, conqueror of Goa on 25 November 1510, was clearly aware from the outset that the spread of the Portuguese language in the region was essential to the unification of his domain.

In order to achieve this goal and fulfill his illustrious dream of mixing conquerors and conquerors, in addition to the mixed marriages performed under his auspices, he took the first step towards propagating the Portuguese in the East by offering a married man. Including teaching Portuguese reading and writing to over a hundred natives.

Proud of the results achieved, he happily communicated with King Manuel I that the young Goans had learned wisely and quickly.

However, it was a cyclopian task for the natives to abandon their mother tongue and embrace Portuguese which was not within the reach of a small number of conquerors, due to lack of technical means, reluctance of a section of jealous Portuguese. As opposed to their plan and, above all, because kônkânnií, both spoken and written, is a rich and complete language, with a well-pronounced grammar and, according to its experts, able to work with all sorts of subjects.


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