[lg policy] Nepal: Dura language after Soma Devi Dura

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 20 13:52:13 UTC 2010

Dura language after Soma Devi Dura

Aware of the plight of 82-year old Soma Devi Dura, the last know
speaker of the Dura language of Nepal. Soma Devi Dura is partially
blind, deaf and in failing health but is described as being a rich
source of songs and folklore in the Dura tongue. Kedar Nagila, who is
studying for a PhD in Nepalese languages has been working with Dura
and trying to get her medical help. As of April 2008, Dura was still
alive, but news of her since then has dried up.

Fun Language Fact – Dura is one of over 120 languages spoken in Nepal,
but due to a “one-nation, one-language” policy instituted by the Shah
dynasty, up to 96% of these are threatened with extinction.

-- http://wienmandu.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/dura-language-after-soma-devi-dura/
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