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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

entry arrow2:09 PM | Can Dying Languages Be Saved?

“Our mythology is rich. Everything in our world—plants and animals, the sun and stars—has a voice. On our map of the universe, we called the East ‘the space without time.’ We had a Paleolithic skill set yet a boundless imagination. They both existed with a high degree of social conformity. Long after we dispersed, we preserved our beliefs. One precious thing, to me, about the language is its vocabulary of words for love. They change according to the age, sex, and kinship of the speakers and the nature of the emotion. There are things you can’t say in Spanish.”

~ Keyuk, the last speaker of the Selk’nam language



Read "A Loss for Words"by Judith Thurman at The New Yorker.

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