An Israeli linguist Dr Dennis Kurzon who attended the Convention of Overseas
Goans yesterday told reporters that this interesting data had prompted himto conduct research to find out why they excel in English.Dr Kurzon who teaches English at Haifa University in Israel has collected
data through questionnaires distributed to 200 Goan students in five Goancolleges and 100 students in Kochi and Mangalore where, Konkani-speakingminorities are also found.
According to the ETS data, a Konkani student's average grade was 622 duringthe 1993-95 TOEFL exam while Maltese and Dutch students' average was 610 and
whose other interests are in the field of pragmatics and legallanguage has lately published a book on `Silence'.The UK-born linguist sayshis
work is almost complete and co-relation of data gathered in Goa
,Mangalore and Ernakulam forms the remainder of the work.