Sunday, 13 May 2012


The BBC has a report on the last speaker of the Kusunda language of Nepal. Always sad not just to lose a language but a way of thinking. Also very interesting to see a link to the languages of the Andaman Islands and the potential of a link with the Sentinelese people and language.

Nepal's mystery language on the verge of extinction

Gyani Maiya Sen, a 75-year-old woman from western Nepal, can perhaps be forgiven for feeling that the weight of the world rests on her shoulders.

She is the only person still alive in Nepal who fluently speaks the Kusunda language. The unknown origins and mysterious sentence structures of Kusunda have long baffled linguists.

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