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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

When a Language Dies

From, Four Things That Happen When a Language Dies

The most profound piece of writing on the subject? David Malouf's short story, "The Only Speaker of His Tongue",  Antipodes, 1985:

 "He is, they tell me, the one surviving speaker of his tongue..."

"When I think of my tongue being no longer alive in the mouths of men, a chill goes over me that is deeper than my own death, since it is the gathered death of all my kind".

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