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#123357 - 06/14/05 05:53 PM The rest of the story
Faldage Offline
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The Navajo came to the Arizona/New Mexico region some time around 1100 AD from somewhere in California, but their language is a member of the Athebaskan language group that is mostly represented by languages in the Pacific Northwest. Navajo and Apache are pretty much mutually comprehensible. Whether other Athebaskan languages share this trait with Navajo and Apache I don't know.


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#123358 - 06/15/05 01:03 AM Re: The rest of the story
Father Steve Offline
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Lyle Campbell, American Indian Languages: The Historical Linguistics of Native America, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Ives Goddard (Ed.), Languages, vol. 17, Handbook of North American Indians, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1996.

Marianne Mithun, The Languages of Native North America, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.



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#123359 - 08/02/05 05:05 PM Glossary
Logwood Offline
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Huge list for archaic/Shakespearian/poetical words:

http://www.geocities.com/poeminister/dictionary


Edited by Logwood (11/15/05 07:54 AM)

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#123360 - 09/21/05 08:14 PM Re: Wordteque
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#182851 - 02/23/09 08:43 AM Re: Wordteque [Re: inselpeter]
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New edition of UNESCO’s Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger
language map Here are languages and dialects most unheard of (by me anyway).

Endagered Languages World-map (long pdf download )really nice to zoom in on it. (immo)

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#182867 - 02/23/09 04:57 PM Re: Wordteque [Re: BranShea]
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This map holds a wealth of info. So many languages left with
only one or two persons speaking it. Makes me want to take
one on if only to preserve it.
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#182870 - 02/23/09 05:37 PM Re: Wordteque [Re: LukeJavan8]
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According to the newspaper article that brought me to this site, languagediversity is to culture what biodiversity is to nature.
On the list of countries counting the most endangered languages
India is on top (196), followed by the United States (192) and Indonesia (147). The last speaker of Eyak, a language of Alaska died last year. So, you have the choice of 192 U.S. languages if you want to take one on. Which will it be? In my area I could choose Ripuarisch frown , a language spoken in Rhineland.

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#182890 - 02/24/09 12:38 PM Re: Wordteque [Re: BranShea]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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We had a newspaper article yesterday that pertains to this
topic.
According to the article, only one native speaker of Livonian
remains on Earth, in Latvia. Eyak, an Alaskan language, died
last year with its last speaker.
These are two of nearly 2000 that UNESCO says have gone extinct
or in danger of doing so.
With each language being a vessel of culture, a repository for
a unique set of feelings, expressions, wisdoms, ways of looking
at the world, it is worth preserving.
According to the article, in the USA alone more than a fourth
of the 192 languages once spoken have disappeared; 71 are
severely endangered, e.g., Gros Ventre (fewer than 10); Menomonee
(35 speakers).
Livonian is being revived by being taught in schools to young
peole in Latvia and thru poetry.
Sort of makes one want to learn one to help the cause along..
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#182905 - 02/24/09 04:59 PM Re: Wordteque [Re: LukeJavan8]
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Kurdish
Some languages are endagered because they are banned.

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#184485 - 04/25/09 05:16 AM Hi [Re: AnnaStrophic]
robinson23 Offline
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Hi,

This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.

robinson






Edited by Jackie (04/28/09 10:30 PM)
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