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Guess how many languages there are in the world? A few hundred? A thousand? How about 6,909!

Well, now it's 6,910 counting a new unique language that's been discovered in the linguistic hotbed of northern India. The new tongue, called Koro, is only spoken by about 1,000 people and had it not been discovered now, might have disappeared. Koro is considered an endangered language, with its dwindling numbers of speakers, and linguistic researchers are scrambling to record and document the language in the hopes of preserving and studying it.

As the Associated Press reports, Koro was discovered in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas. The rugged terrain and remote communities that are there contribute to the diversity of languages in the region. Small populations would migrate, settle and then live in virtual isolation from other cultures, forming their own vocabulary and grammar over hundreds and thousands of years. Though the speakers of Koro are technically part of the Aka culture, the language is not a mere dialect but strikingly different from the Aka language.

No word yet on linguistic rates for translating English to Koro. Stay tuned.

For more information on linguistic diversity and endangered languages, check out this interesting link.

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1 Comment:

  1. Brian Barker said...
    Your readers may also be interested in the campaign to save endangered and dying languages by the World Esperanto Association. This association enjoys consultative relations with UNESCO.

    The commitment to this aim was made, by the World Esperanto Association at the United Nations' Geneva HQ in September.

    If you have time please see http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations in Geneva.

    The argument for Esperanto can be seen at http://www.lernu.net

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