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Konkani
कोंकणी, Konknni, ಕೊಂಕಣಿ, കൊങ്കണി
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The word Konkani in Devanagari script
In other scripts:
Roman script: Konknni
Kannada script: ಕೊಂಕಣಿ (konkaṇi)
Malayalam script: കൊങ്കണി (konkaṇi)
Pronunciation kõkɵɳi (standard), kõkɳi (popular)
Native to India
Region

Konkan, includes the state of Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and some parts of Kerala

Konkani is also spoken in the United States, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan, Persian Gulf, Portugal
Native speakers 7.4 million  (2007)
Language family
Indo-European
Dialects
Dialect groups: Maharashtrian Konkani, Karnataka Konkani, Canara Konkani, Goan Konkani
Individual dialects: Malvani, Mangalorean, Thakri, Chitpavani, Antruz, Bardeskari, Saxtti, Daldi, Parabhi, Pednekari, Koli, Kiristanv, Kunbi, Agari, Dhangari, Karadhi, Sangameshwari, Bankoti, Maoli
Writing system Devanagari (official), Roman, Kannada, Malayalam and Arabic
Official status
Official language in India Goa, India
Regulated by Various academies and the Government of Goa
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Distribution of native Konkani speakers in India

Konkani is a language from India. Konkani belongs to Indo-Aryan family of languages. It is the official language of Goa, a state in India.

Some people from the part of India known as Konkan speak Konkani language. Konkan is on the west coast of India.

The name Konkani means "from the Konkan". The word Konkan means corner (kona) and piece/part of earth (kana). The name of the language comes from the place where it is spoken.

Writing systems

People write Konkani in many different scripts(writing systems or alphabets). People from different regions use different scripts. Hindu Konkani people from Goa and Maharashtra use Devanagari script. Konkani people from Karnataka use Kannada script.Christains in Goa use Roman script. Konkani Muslims use Arabic script. Konkani people from Kerala use Malayalam script. Devanagari is the official script.

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