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Avy #204276 01/19/12 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted By: Avy
Kitem? (Means "what?" You don't pronounce the ends of the words like in French. The "em" gives a nasal edge to the pronounciation "Kithay")


Is Konkani regularly written in the Roman alphabet? Isn't it written कित्थें? The nasalization seems a lot like Hindi.

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Now you are getting into the Romi Konkani and Devanagri Konkani debate, Goof. It's political and it's religious. The Romi Konkani is used by the Christians and the Devanagri Konkani by the Hindus. Most of the Konkani literature ia published in Devanagri. This does not mean the Christians are not writers. Their work gets transliterated I guess I don't know. Further up the coast, the Konkani spoken by Mangloreans is written in the Kannada script. Three scripts to one language!!!! No wonder I can't find time to take off from learning the local languages for learning one SINGLE foreign language. I have NONE! It's always a trade off between want and need. I want to learn Latin, I might have to learn Portuguese.
I cannot read Devanagri on my phone, but I am sure it is as you have written it. Yes the nasalisation is like a few words in Hindi, but a lot more prevalent in Konkani. The language has a prominent cadence perhaps inspired by the ocean. A single sentence covers all eight/seven notes sometimes.

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What languages do you speak, Avy?

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Originally Posted By: gooofy
What languages do you speak, Avy?

A few. Currently learning Konkani. I want to learn Latin.

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Do you speak Malayalam? Malayalam is interesting because it apparently makes a distinction between alveolar and dental nasals, something that is very rare. So apparently the word for "first" (കന്നി kannī?) has an alveolar n, and പന്നി pannī "pig" has a dental n, although they are spelled with the same letter.

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Hey Gooofy and Avy.
I am guilty too,as I posted here a year ago on unrelated topics.
But I received a PM telling me this was supposed to be
a memorial for a dead person - thread. Someone I never new, maybe
you did.

Most threads go all off tangent, as did this one a year ago, and
it finally got someone's ire up, who decided to PM me about it,
tho, as I said, my last post on this thread was a year ago.
We cannot be responsible for other person's "control" issues,
but since it was a memoriam for some long dead poster, perhaps
the language conversation could continue somewhere else.
Just a suggestion: I am not trying to control the site as this
person was to me, and obviously not to either of you.


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Happy Birthday, once again, Bill.

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...a poignant but fond echoing (if belated) of these sentiments...I often felt his life and career and mine were parallel, if a half-generation apart

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