Kusunda: Remnant Stone Age
B. K. Rana
bk_rana at YAHOO.COM
Tue Dec 2 16:02:57 UTC 2003
Kusunda could be a remnant language of the Stone Age.
You could check my papers presented to different
conferences [Helsinki University 2001] and
[Harvard University 2002 and 2003].
--- Benjamin Barrett <bjb5 at U.WASHINGTON.EDU> wrote:
> As we saw with Kusunda, the Ethnologue is not
> perfect, but they offer such
> they say
> >Literacy rate in first language: 50% (1971 census)
> I think this is intended to refer to the Scots
> Gaelic literacy, but the
> wording does not seem clear to me...
> Benjamin Barrett
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Endangered Languages List
>[mailto:ENDANGERED-LANGUAGES-L at LISTSERV.LINGUISTLIST.ORG]
> >Behalf Of Alasdair Macleod
> >One claim I occasionally hear tossed at Scottish
> Gaelic is
> >that Gaelic's high level of illiteracy (50$ of the
> >Gaelic speakers are unable to read and write
> proficiently in
> >the language) makes it highly unusual, as well as
> >and unsustainable.
> >I normally retort by stating that 'actually, over
> 80% of the
> >world's languages do not exist in a written form' -
> but I must
> >hold my hands up and admit that this statistic is
> >made up (my only defence is that it sounds about
> right). Does
> >anyone have a figure for this based on any sort of
> >reliable/empirical evidence?
> >Alasdair MacLeod
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