Linguists capture final days of dying language

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Erik Matson  Identity Verified
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Thanks Jul 13, 2012

Thanks for this interesting article!

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Ikram Mahyuddin  Identity Verified
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I hope some words of the language can be reused Jul 14, 2012

I hope we can reuse some of the words of the Kusunda language in other languages.

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Jesús Garcia
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Comment Jul 14, 2012

Nice story!!!

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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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Thank you, but this is too said Jul 14, 2012

I hate when languages are about to die. I have been working on reconstruction of some languages myself. Why cannot the languages that are still alive be put on life support.

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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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That's a big "if." Jul 16, 2012

"With our data we can revitalize the language if the Kusunda community is willing to learn it." It's wonderful that the last native speaker is excited about helping preserve her language. It's pretty optimistic, though, to hope that a community could be persuaded to study a language and culture that they don't need.

Kudos to these linguists and their efforts.


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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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You never know, Jane. Jul 16, 2012

You might be really surprised that some people may actually be interested in learning their ancestors language as their L2.







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