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Poll: Do you know an endangered language?
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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Yes Apr 7

Can I be the first to say English?

Ho, ho, ho.


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writeaway  Identity Verified

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Second Apr 7

Chris S wrote:

Can I be the first to say English?

Ho, ho, ho.



Too slow to be first. And ho ho ho, not, sadly.


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JaneD  Identity Verified
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It's a sore point! Apr 7

I am actually Manx by birth, but when I was a kid it was an all but dead language. But in the last 20 or so years there have been major efforts to bring it back to life, and there are now even native speakers of the language again. I was just too old to be one of them, and that's very frustrating. I keep thinking I'd like to learn it, just because it's been my family's language for hundreds of years!

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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You both beat me to it ... Apr 7

writeaway wrote:

Chris S wrote:

Can I be the first to say English?

Ho, ho, ho.



Too slow to be first. And ho ho ho, not, sadly.


I was about to make the same cynical observation.
Jenny, Founder member of the Pedants' Revolt Society


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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yes Apr 7

I was born in Sardinia, which has its own language, and unfortunately this is slowly disappearing.

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Elena and David Dickens
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Italian regional languages Apr 7

Italian dialects are probably not officially endengered, but are sadly being used less and less, and are disappearing. I don't help: in my family, now that the grandparents are old, we seldom use Lombard, and my 6-year-old son speaks English but doesn't understand a word of Lombard!

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Natalie Soper  Identity Verified
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Kind of Apr 7

I know a bit of Cornish, because we learnt a few phrases in my primary school. I'd be interested in learning more of it!

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Noura Tawil  Identity Verified
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I know several ones, but I don't speak them Apr 7

sorry, couldn't resist

Seriously though, it would be nice to learn Assyrian or Aramaic, some of the very first languages in my country and in history.


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Teresa Borges
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Other Apr 7

Cape Verdean creole is not exactly an endangered language as it’s the native language of virtually all Cape Verdeans and is used as a second language by the Cape Verdean diaspora, but a decreolization process is undergoing for all the different Cape Verdean Creole variants. My father was born and raised in Cape Verde until his teens and though I still remember a few words I do regret that I’ve never learned it fully.

Ti manham (see you tomorrow)!


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Zombian Apr 7

We and the Walking Dead are very endangered

BTW, do Latin and Greek count in this poll? I did these up to 'A' level and could have continued my studies at Oxbridge. They're now pretty much dead and forgotten but have had an immense influence on modern-day European languages.

Added last line - nothing to do with zombies

[Edited at 2017-04-07 14:18 GMT]


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DZiW
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Ukrainian Apr 7

Living in the capital of Ukraine, I can hear Ukrainian only near some kindergartens, a few schools, even less uni's, some dedicated events, and official speeches (including the radio). Most citizens prefer speaking Russian, and scholars still can explain neither the origin of 'Ukraine', nor how or when it became 'Ukrainian'.

As for really endangered languages, I did learn a 'dead' Latin and know ABOUT some others dying ones.
Perhaps, I'm too pragmatic, but if something is disappearing, then it's not needed/required any longer, and it is naturally ok. Certainly, if there're some promising works to decipher and learn, then it may be interesting, but rather many people are sick even of living languages)


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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A few Apr 7

(Still) Learning Tsėhésenėstsestȯtse (Cheyenne), Lakota (Sioux), Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Tsalagi (Cherokee), Salish and know a little Swahili.

[Edited at 2017-04-07 12:40 GMT]


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Ward Whittaker  Identity Verified
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Do you know an endangered language? Apr 8

I know several endangered languages. What you really mean is: Do I know how to speak an endangered language?. And the answer would be no.

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Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
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And quite a lot of language variants Apr 8

Gianluca Marras wrote:

I was born in Sardinia, which has its own language, and unfortunately this is slowly disappearing.



When I was in Sardinia I was told that almost every town has a different Sardinian variant, thus academics could not agree in which was the most "accurate" one, and that language teachers from one town might not be able to teach in another town as they might have a different way of speaking.
BTW, I have a nice Sardinian cookbook, written both in Italian and Sardinian, and I can understand almost both languages (I speak a litte of Italian, and I'm a Spanish-speaking.


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