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Times of India
Dying languages saved for posterity

The keeper of dying languages

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15754058

Survival International
http://www.survivalinternational.org/films/lostforever

http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8049

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/1818

Asian Age
http://www.asianage.com/books/bid-reclaim-fading-language-247

The Hindu
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2940109.ece

     

Leverhulme Public Lecture
http://www.hrelp.org/events/LeverhulmeAbbi2011/index.html

South Asia Wired
http://blogs.rnw.nl/southasiawired/2010/02/10/another-language-bites-the-dust/

Tehelka
http://www.tehelka.com/story_main43.asp?filename=hub200210no_one.asp

Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/with-the-death-of-boa-sr-her-people-and-their-songs-fall-silent-forever-1890047.html

Times – full page
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7015540.ece

Guardian – 2 pieces
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/04/ancient-language-extinct-speaker-dies

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/feb/05/bo-language-extinct-linguistics

Daily Mail online
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1248754/Last-member-65-000-year-old-tribe-dies-taking-worlds-earliest-languages-grave.html

Aljazeera
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/02/20102543519461807.html


Telegraph, India
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100205/jsp/frontpage/story_12069860.jsp

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/7207731/Lives-Remembered.html


Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601091&sid=a7Z78m5Bi8.A

Bloomberg Business week
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-05/indian-ocean-tribe-is-extinct-after-65-000-years-group-says.html

BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8498534.stm

Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61439420100205

CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/05/india.extinct.tribe/?hpt=C1

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/02/05/india.extinct.tribe/index.html?iref=allsearch

The Hindu
http://beta.thehindu.com/news/national/article100977.ece

Hindustan Times
http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/india/Ancient-island-language-dies/Article1-505420.aspx

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/ArticleImage.aspx?article=05_02_2010_001_011&mode=1

ANI:
One India

http://news.oneindia.in/2010/02/04/andamantribes-extermination-complete-as-last-memberdies.html

AFP:
Straits Times

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_486547.html

Nat Geo news blog
http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/chiefeditor/2010/02/last-bo-speaker-dies.html

Press Trust of India
http://www.ptinews.com/news/500478_Oldest-Andamanese-tribal-woman-dies

Calgary Herald (AFP)
http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Last+person+ancient+Indian+tribe+dies/2525725/story.html

The Provice (AFP)
http://www.theprovince.com/life/Ancient+tribe+dies+India+Andaman+Islands/2525360/story.html

Ottowa Citizen
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Ancient+tribe+dies+Andaman+islands/2524487/story.html

The Mercury, South Africa
http://www.themercury.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=5339711

Asia Sentinel
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2287&Itemid=594

Rediff News
http://news.rediff.com/report/2010/feb/04/boa-sr-dies-andaman-tribe-vanishes.htm

The Australian
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/andaman-islands-bo-tribe-and-language-dies-with-last-elder-boa-sr/story-e6frg6so-1225827002744

Daily Telegraph, Australia
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/ancient-tribal-tongue-dies-out/story-e6freuyi-1225826942834


Gulf Times (DPA piece)
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=341075&version=1&template_id=40&parent_id=22

"Last speaker of ancient language of Bo dies in India" http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8498534.stm published in BBC News on Thursday, 4 February 2010.

"Extinct: Andamanese tribe's extermination complete as last member dies" http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/5509 pulished on 4 February 2010.


"When we launched the project Vanishing Voices of the Great Andamanese (VOGA) it was a national use. Several newspapers in English and Hindi covered the item because of its Linguistic significance and far reaching consequences for human knowledge of history, our ancient culture, language, link to human migration and peopling of India".

launch

When words become windows to a society - published in "Time of India" on 1st February, 2009

TOI

Bhasha ki Aadim Pahchan - published in "Hindustan" on 18th January, 2009

hindustan

JNU don compiles dictionary in Great Andamanese -- published in 'The Hindu" on 12th January, 2009

hindu

Release of the Book of Letters  in Daily Telegram, the local newspaper of the Andamans.

daily

A language that only Great Andamanese speak published in DownToEarth magzine
Arnab Pratim Dutta

 

downtoearthThe Great Andamanese tribe speaks a language that no one else in the world does. A study suggests it could be among the few paleolithic languages that exist in the world and may constitute the sixth language family in India.

Anvita Abbi, professor at the School of Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and the lead researcher, had observed in 2003 that the Great Andamanese tribe spoke a different language than the Jarawas and the Onges, the other tribes living in the Andaman and Nicobar islands that speak a similar language. In May this year, she confirmed her observations. The result supports a study by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, in 2005 which said that the Great Andamanese tribe’s genetic make up was different from that of the other tribes.

The study was published online on April 22 in Language Sciences.

“In 2003, our findings were not conclusive. This time we created a database of the languages spoken in the islands,” says Abbi. Grammar, typological features and phonetics were studied. The difference in the way the tribes spoke was determined by the articulation of lips, tongue and vocal folds.

But the language may die soon. There are about 50 speakers of this language left in an islet called Strait Island, 53 km off the coast of Port Blair. Of these, about eight of them speak the language and that too in bits and pieces. “A corrupted form of Hindi called Andamanese Hindi has replaced the original language and hence even the native speakers have to recollect words and their meanings,” Abbi says. However, the language had 10 different dialects spoken in the early 18th century. To restore the language, Abbi has compiled more than 5,000 words, now being converted into a trilingual dictionary with translations in English and Hindi besides pictorial and phonetic representation of words.

 

 

Boa Sr.

Boro

Noa Jr.