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    Last speaker of ancient language of Bo dies in India

    [align=center]The last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands has died at the age of about 85, a leading linguist has told the BBC.[/align]



    Professor Anvita Abbi said that the death of Boa Sr was highly significant because one of the world's oldest languages - Bo - had come to an end.



    She said that India had lost an irreplaceable part of its heritage.



    Languages in the Andamans are thought to originate from Africa. Some may be 70,000 years old.



    The islands are often called an "anthropologist's dream" and are one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the world.


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    own comment: I find this terrible news to hear, we must try and keep everything from the past or like a dying languages try to make sure it doesn't die. But it seems this language has died with her. RIP.

    If only those people would have been left alone her people would still be with more. Things dying out is never good.

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    Deary me... Another language extinct

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    Unfortunate but dead languages do return. Latin died and came back.

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    [quote name="Capt. Fozdike"]Deary me... Another language extinct[/quote]



    Yeah, that is sad. I've never even heard of that lanugage before, though. Is that kind of like the Spanish language, or what is it?

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    I'm sure there is some form of the language written down somewhere, maybe on a tablet.

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    What a shame...

    [quote name="hotspot"]I'm sure there is some form of the language written down somewhere, maybe on a tablet.[/quote]

    But it won't be legible to most people, considering most wouldn't know how to read it in the first place.

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    Why wasnt the language passed on to others?!

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    [quote name="Fenrir"]Why wasnt the language passed on to others?![/quote]



    well i have one thing to say about that a old stubborn fool that didnt want to tech anyone didn't



    [quote name="itsallaboutmusic"]Unfortunate but dead languages do return. Latin died and came back.[/quote]



    and Latin didn't completely die

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    A language can't die and then come back. If its dead all knowledge of it dies too.

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    ah, such a sad news. I love languages, and it's so sad to lost a language like this. language is part of cultural history and a prove of a certain period too.

    well, I guess that has to encourage us to keep protecting not only our own language, but also our cultures. ^__^

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