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February 5, 2010

Andaman Islands. Ancient Bo language becomes extinct

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Human thought is inextricably tied to language. Diversity of language indicates diversity of humanity, so when a language dies, we are all impoverished. It seems from reading the articles listed below that only a couple of NGOs and some academics are concerned that the last speaker of an ancient tribal language has died in the Andaman Islands, breaking a 65,000-year link to one of the world’s oldest cultures.

With her death, a whole world is literally gone forever, and the whole of humanity has lost a part of itself.

Death of Boa Sr, last person fluent in the Bo language of the Andaman Islands, breaks link with 65,000-year-old culture (Grauniad)

Final survivor of ancient tribe spoke of the sadness of having no one left to talk to (Independent)

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