Most Indigenous languages 'unlikely to continue'

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Thu Oct 2 12:15:43 UTC 2008

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ABC Online

Most Indigenous languages 'unlikely to continue'

A linguistics professor says it takes several generations to revive a
language and many Indigenous languages are at risk of being lost.

Jeannie Bell from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
says there are less than 40 Indigenous languages surviving, with most
unlikely to continue.

"Some of our students are working with limited documented material of their
language to try and bring language back and in a realistic sense they are
only able to bring language back in limited ways," she said.

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Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at

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