Archive for the ‘Aka-Bo (akm)’ Category

Lexicon Valley talks about endangered languages

10 July 2012

In an episode of “Lexicon Valley” released yesterday, Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield tackle the subject of endangered languages.

Titled “Should We Care When a Language Dies?” the audio show includes parts of an interview with David Harrison, Director of Research at the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. Harrison discusses the three areas of knowledge that are lost when a language dies: cultural, scientific and linguistic.

They also discuss the Endangered Languages Project recently launched as a Google project (see post on this blog).

Among the examples of endangered languages discussed are Urarina (ura), a language with the very rare structure OVS (object-verb-subject), and Bo or Aka-Bo (akm), which went silent two years ago.

Linguicide and Revitalization

10 April 2011

In “Linguicide: Trends and Revitalization,” op-ed writer Sandeepan Borthakur discusses the decline and rejuvenation of languages.

In the lead of the article, the dormancy of Bo or Aka-Bo (akm) is mentioned. Bo became silent in January 2010 with the passing of the last speaker. See also Andamanese languages for more information on this rich area of human culture.

UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger is cited as listing 2500 languages in five categories of endangerment.

At the end of the article, the author notes that while Assamese (asm) is spoken by 13 million people today, the percentage of people speaking it of India’s population as a whole has steadily declined over the past four decades.

Other endangered languages mentioned in the article are: Cornish (cor), Irish (gle), and Manchu (mnc), which has an interesting alphabet. The two other projects mentioned are the Rosetta Project and the Endangered Language Fund.