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Start your review of Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages Write a review Shelves: linguistics A Canadian poet and journalist goes around the world visiting speakers of moribund languages. Aborigines of Northern Australia progressed within a few generations from the Mesolithic to their current lives of crime, welfare dependency, junk food and resultant diabetes, and watching television. Unsurprisingly, young people among them consider American rap music and the language thereof to be more relevant to their lives than traditional creation myths and the languages thereof. Murals A Canadian poet and journalist goes around the world visiting speakers of moribund languages. A Yiddish play about Harry Houdini staged in Montreal had tableaux translating the dialogue into English and French; where the English translation had "G-d", the French one had "Dieu" instead of "D"; during the intermission, all conversations were in English and French except for a single one in Yiddish. Mark Abley acknowledges that he is a journalist and not a professional linguist, but at least he could have gotten one to proofread his book.

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Start your review of Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages Write a review Shelves: linguistics A Canadian poet and journalist goes around the world visiting speakers of moribund languages.

Aborigines of Northern Australia progressed within a few generations from the Mesolithic to their current lives of crime, welfare dependency, junk food and resultant diabetes, and watching television. Unsurprisingly, young people among them consider American rap music and the language thereof to be more relevant to their lives than traditional creation myths and the languages thereof.

Murals A Canadian poet and journalist goes around the world visiting speakers of moribund languages. A Yiddish play about Harry Houdini staged in Montreal had tableaux translating the dialogue into English and French; where the English translation had "G-d", the French one had "Dieu" instead of "D"; during the intermission, all conversations were in English and French except for a single one in Yiddish.

Mark Abley acknowledges that he is a journalist and not a professional linguist, but at least he could have gotten one to proofread his book.

The forerunner of English was spoken at that time too; it probably resembled Sanskrit the noun has masculine, feminine and neuter genders, singular, dual and plural numbers, and 8 cases or Hittite the noun has animate and inanimate genders, singular and plural numbers, and 7 cases , and it was not spoken in England.

What does it mean to say that among the living languages of Europe, only Basque is older than Welsh? The people of Rome have been speaking some sort of Latin for at least years; we call different stages of the language by different names Old Latin, Classical Latin, Vulgar Latin, medieval Italian, modern Italian , but there is an unbroken chain of native speakers going back this far, and a record of the language slowly changing.

The people of Crete have been speaking some sort of Greek for at least years. What makes Basque and Welsh older than Greek and Italian? Recent English borrowings into Russian like "defolt" and "keellyer" no more make the language impure than recent Arabic borrowings into English like "mujahid" and "shahid" make English impure. A language that does not require a dummy subject in sentences like "It rains" does not have to be as exotic as Hopi; in Spanish it is "Llueve".

In an Australian Aboriginal language, a certain noun can mean a cycad a kind of plant , its seeds, a cockroach that lives in its dead fronds, and a man with the cockroach totem, depending on the noun class. This sounds exotic until you consider that in American English, a jet is a stream of fluid, a kind of aircraft engine consisting of a gas turbine emitting a stream of hot gas, an aircraft powered by such engines, and spelled "Jet" a member of an American football team whose home stadium is frequently overflown by such aircraft, depending on the context there is an unrelated homonym meaning black coal, and an adjective describing the color of such coal, frequently applied to hair.

The words in the Australian Aboriginal language are no more "held and balanced in an intricate web of relationships" than the English words.

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He speaks English, French, and a little Welsh. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship in for work on language change and the future. High above the waterline, two children are skipping barefoot along an otherwise empty beach, its contours defined and guarded by a pair of mangrove swamps. A long, low island nudges the western horizon. This could be an afternoon scene on almost any tropical coast: the heat rising off the sand, a hawk scouring the sky. One of the children pauses in her game.

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