Konkanis have been though a lot. Now Microsoft will give them some LIP!

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2010/07/04 07:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2010/07/04/10034132.aspx


That's right, the Konkani Language Interface Pack for Windows 7 is now available!

By the way, I think "I NAK no Konkani" is kind of a conceptual palindrome, right?. :-)

It requires English resources for fallback, and is only available for 32-bit. It can be downloaded right here.

The Konkani Windows 7 LIP is produced as part of the Local Language Program sponsored by Public Sector.

A little background information about Konkani:

NUMBER OF SPEAKERS: 

~4 million

NAME IN THE LANGUAGE ITSELF:

 कोंकणी 

The Konkani language is spoken widely in the Konkan region consisting of Goa (where it is official language), the southern coastal strip of Maharashtra, coastal Karnataka and Kerala - basically all along the southwestern coast of India. The Konkani community is fragmented due to a tumultuous history, and therefore each region has a distinctive dialect and pronunciation style, vocabulary, and sometimes significant differences in grammar.

FUN FACTS (and LINGUISTIC FACTS, which are fun for me!):

CLASSIFICATION:

Konkani, though containing a wealth of Dravidian words, is an Indo-European language. Most lingists place it, like Marathi, to the Southern group of the Indo-Aryan languages, which are part of the Indo-Iranian languages.

SCRIPT:

Konkani does not have its own script and is most commonly written in Devanagari. But in everyday life, a lot of different scripts are used (from Latin to Arabic to Malayalam).

Enjoy!


lady kingdom on 4 Jul 2010 7:17 AM:

Wow, Konkani language in WIndows 7,

It's very awesome

regards


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