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  • Mar 09, 2012
  • 10:04 PM

Mind your languages

Indulekha Aravind, Veenu Sandhu / Business Standard
In the hills of Arunachal Pradesh lives an isolated tribe that speaks a language that was hidden from the world till just about five years ago. Linguists stumbled upon Koro while researching two other little-known languages, Aka and Miji, in villages accessible only by climbing steep hills and crossing streams in bamboo boats. Koro has only 800-1,000 speakers, most of whom are older than 20 — a clear sign that the language is not being passed on to the young.

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