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Literacies and diversity: the issue of the konkani alphabets and linguistic diversity in Goa

Grant number: 12/01186-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): April 14, 2012
Effective date (End): July 13, 2012
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Applied Linguistics
Principal researcher:Lynn Mario Trindade Menezes de Souza
Grantee:Lynn Mario Trindade Menezes de Souza
Host: Alito Siqueira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Goa University, India  

Abstract

This project focuses on the literacy practices of Konkani and its co-existence with the other languages used in Goa, India, given that there is a conflict between at least two different scripts for the same language, each of which has serious socio-cultural and identity implications. Though it is the official language of the state of Goa, Konkani has social variants which indicate caste, religion and geographic origin. The project departs from the theories of literacies (Street1984, Barton 1994, Cope e Kalantzis 2000) and those of superdiversity (Vertovic 2006, Blommaert 2010, Pennycook 2010) seeking for confirmation of the applicability and relevance of these theories in the context of Goa. (AU)

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