26 Apr '11, 3am

World's rarest language on verge of extinction

LINGUISTS from the University of Oxford are striving to preserve the Dusner, an endangered Indonesian tribal language, as its only three speakers were reportedly injured in natural disasters. Two of them narrowly escaped death during a flood and the other was living next to a volcano when it erupted, the Australian newspaper said. The scholars including Mary Dalrymple, a professor of syntax, have visited the country to capture the language, the newspaper reported. 'It has been a nervous few months waiting to hear whether or not our speakers survived,' she was quoted as saying. 'The woman was badly affected by the volcano. She was stuck and couldn't leave, but she did survive.' There are only three Dusner speakers left, all now in their 60s and 70s. The average life expectancy of the country is only 71. 'This illustrates why our project is so important. We only found out th...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/TechandScience/S...

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