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(Yahoo)   Nepali linguists have come across an 82-year-old woman who they believe is the last speaker of the Dura language, and hope to record the language before she dies. Unfortunately all she keeps saying is "I want the knife"   (news.yahoo.com ) divider line
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2008-01-18 10:57:33 AM  
Oh those cunning linguists.
 
2008-01-18 11:02:12 AM  
www.autozone.com
 
2008-01-18 11:07:23 AM  
"I want the knife."

"OK. But first, the Oogoo!"
 
2008-01-18 11:17:47 AM  
Last of the Duras?

www.sherylfranklin.com
 
2008-01-18 11:22:09 AM  
analogmedium.com
 
2008-01-18 11:25:13 AM  
Not so interesting trivia: The Golden Child was a boy...but the role was played by a girl.
 
2008-01-18 11:29:03 AM  
N-E-P-A-L, viva Nepal!
 
2008-01-18 01:39:13 PM  
My dear, sweet cousin Numsi!
 
2008-01-18 01:41:26 PM  
I_C_Weener: Not so interesting trivia: The Golden Child was a boy...but the role was played by a girl.

No wonder he never got topless.
 
2008-01-18 01:41:32 PM  
So, she's the Dura Mater?
 
2008-01-18 01:42:17 PM  
Pleeeeaaaaaasssseee
 
2008-01-18 01:42:42 PM  
Was anyone else thinking "Durka durka?"
 
2008-01-18 01:43:05 PM  
www.foxhome.com
great, maybe she can exchange these nepalese coins
 
2008-01-18 01:43:10 PM  
Last member of the Dura Cell?

/nothin
 
2008-01-18 01:43:47 PM  
You better clean that booger off before it freezes and you cut yourself....
 
2008-01-18 01:44:12 PM  
"Soma Devi is a prize find."

fap fap
 
2008-01-18 01:44:36 PM  
I guess the language wasn't very Dura-ble.
 
2008-01-18 01:44:58 PM  
I hope she's Durable.
 
2008-01-18 01:45:07 PM  
I would think she'd say:

"Mine, or I will help you not."
 
2008-01-18 01:45:15 PM  
"Pleeeaaseeee..."
 
2008-01-18 01:45:21 PM  
acronym

Damn! Beat me to it...
 
2008-01-18 01:45:26 PM  
I thought it was:

"I-I-I-I-I-I-I want the knife" ?

/poor eddie
//needs more transformers
 
2008-01-18 01:45:37 PM  
BMulligan, you bastard.
 
2008-01-18 01:45:49 PM  
Speak English or die.
 
2008-01-18 01:46:38 PM  
They're not gonna let her on the plane with that 2 foot knife.
 
2008-01-18 01:46:49 PM  
BUILT TO LAST! DURALAST!
 
2008-01-18 01:46:55 PM  
Soma Devi Dura is a rich source of Dura folktales and songs....She lives in Duradanda

Let me guess... the only word in the Dura language is "Dura"?


Also, I think there is a good Duran-Duran joke in here somewhere, but it needs a more clever FARKER than I to coax it out.
 
2008-01-18 01:47:19 PM  
One of the world's 6,500 languages vanishes every two weeks on average, according to some language experts.

I blame global warming, which is caused by Bush.
 
2008-01-18 01:47:21 PM  
Auwe! Kaumaha nunui loa ana kakou!
 
2008-01-18 01:47:36 PM  
Oh yeah. We should totally save languages that people don't use.
Yep. Lets go ahead and store those with the 47 empty boxes in the attic that you'll never need also.
You know, the ones next to that exercise bike from 1972 that your parents didnt use either?


/Farkin pack rats
//Move forward or be left behind
 
2008-01-18 01:47:57 PM  
Only a man whose heart is pure can wield the knife, and only a man whose ass is narrow can get down these steps. And if mine's is such an ass, then I shall have it.
 
2008-01-18 01:49:04 PM  
FTFA:One of the world's 6,500 languages vanishes every two weeks on average, according to some language experts.


Good. Maybe we'll see the end of these godless, primitive languages so that English will be the only one left, the way Jesus intended it.

/Step right up! Try to dunk the asshat, 3 balls for a dollar!
 
2008-01-18 01:49:24 PM  
"Okay, now say "car".
"Car."
"No, in your language. Car."
"We have no word for car."
"Maybe you just don't know it. Think! Think! The heritage of your entire people depends on you!"
"What? Oh, my God." (heart attack) (dies)
"Oh, fark."
 
2008-01-18 01:49:26 PM  
wgb423: Oh yeah. We should totally save languages that people don't use.
Yep. Lets go ahead and store those with the 47 empty boxes in the attic that you'll never need also.
You know, the ones next to that exercise bike from 1972 that your parents didnt use either?


/Farkin pack rats
//Move forward or be left behind


HEY, there are probably anthropological things that can be learned from the Dura language.

/for example they have 42 words for "yak poop"
 
2008-01-18 01:50:38 PM  
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My good friend Dan "Bongmeister" Corning speaks fluent Dura, Duh, Doi, and Howie Mandellian.
 
2008-01-18 01:50:40 PM  
One of the world's 6,500 languages vanishes every two weeks on average, according to some language experts.

In 250 years we'll be down to 1 language...sounds practical.
 
2008-01-18 01:52:55 PM  
wgb423: Oh yeah. We should totally save languages that people don't use.
Yep. Lets go ahead and store those with the 47 empty boxes in the attic that you'll never need also.
You know, the ones next to that exercise bike from 1972 that your parents didnt use either?


/Farkin pack rats
//Move forward or be left behind


Nobody speaks Latin anymore. Let's kill it. (This, in case you're not aware, is a language in wide use precisely BECAUSE it's dead. It's a neutral language unlikely to change very much in the future because there's no culture using it that would need to alter it to their needs.)
 
2008-01-18 01:53:10 PM  
idrow: One of the world's 6,500 languages vanishes every two weeks on average, according to some language experts.

In 250 years we'll be down to 1 language...sounds practical.


LOL cat speak?
 
2008-01-18 01:53:36 PM  
idrow: One of the world's 6,500 languages vanishes every two weeks on average, according to some language experts.

Tell me about it. From the look of things here most of the time, English was one of them.
 
2008-01-18 01:54:29 PM  
Serious question.

I know nothing "deep" of the place in the world where this woman lives. Where there any great or even noteworthy literary or inventive, mathematical or scientific or otherwise significant cultural achievements to be found in the culture that spoke Dura?

If so, then it makes sense to preserve the language, yes. If not...then why bother?
 
2008-01-18 01:54:33 PM  
Durga Mata?

/what?
 
2008-01-18 01:54:34 PM  
idrow: One of the world's 6,500 languages vanishes every two weeks on average, according to some language experts.

In 250 years we'll be down to 1 language...sounds practical.


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Does Sino-American Alliance Mandarin Chinese work for you?
"Wuh duh ma huh ta duh fung-kwong duh wai-shung dol!!"
 
2008-01-18 01:54:42 PM  
One of the world's 6,500 languages vanishes every two weeks on average...

And then shows up Monday morning hungover and the other languages all point and laugh.

/but let me know which one it is, 'cause that's my kind of language
 
2008-01-18 01:54:53 PM  
Gosling: wgb423: Oh yeah. We should totally save languages that people don't use.
Yep. Lets go ahead and store those with the 47 empty boxes in the attic that you'll never need also.
You know, the ones next to that exercise bike from 1972 that your parents didnt use either?


/Farkin pack rats
//Move forward or be left behind

Nobody speaks Latin anymore. Let's kill it. (This, in case you're not aware, is a language in wide use precisely BECAUSE it's dead. It's a neutral language unlikely to change very much in the future because there's no culture using it that would need to alter it to their needs.)


So we should use all of the thousands of languages that are going to die like Latin? What's your point?
 
2008-01-18 01:55:14 PM  
FTFA: One of the world's 6,500 languages vanishes every two weeks on average, according to some language experts.

Well, if the purpose of language is to communicate with others, and you're the only person left who uses this language, then why is it such a loss to lose a language? After all, you're no longer using it to communicate others, so the language itself no logner has a use. The ideas formerly conveyed in that language can still be translated into another language, preserving that idea for posterity.

Linguistic obsolescence is only a tragedy in its loss, not purpose nor utility.

Hell, if there are languages in decline, with one person left speaking it, then what is keeping us from inventing our own languages (aside from the sheer waste of time) and being the sole speakers/literates in that language? It's about just as useful.

/eep opp ork AH-ahh.
 
2008-01-18 01:55:51 PM  
Nobody speaks Latin anymore. Let's kill it. (This, in case you're not aware, is a language in wide use precisely BECAUSE it's dead. It's a neutral language unlikely to change very much in the future because there's no culture using it that would need to alter it to their needs.)


The culture of the Romans contributed much to the human condition on a wide range of experience. Has the culture that spoke Dura (they may have, I simply don't know)?
 
2008-01-18 01:55:57 PM  
libbyshome: If the movie Idiocracy is any indication.
 
2008-01-18 01:56:02 PM  
Big deal. Human languages evolve so quickly, every language on earth at this moment will be nearly incomprehensible within 500-600 years anyway.
 
2008-01-18 01:56:08 PM  
So it was always just a tiny little hick-ass dialect from somewhere out in the woods near Kathmandu. The entire culture has since moved on, all but forsaking the old bumpkin dialect in favor of the more useful (and probably more articulate) Nepali and English.

It makes no sense to me to want to "save" this tiny, dead language.
 
2008-01-18 01:56:51 PM  
kc987654: Gosling: wgb423: Oh yeah. We should totally save languages that people don't use.
Yep. Lets go ahead and store those with the 47 empty boxes in the attic that you'll never need also.
You know, the ones next to that exercise bike from 1972 that your parents didnt use either?


/Farkin pack rats
//Move forward or be left behind

Nobody speaks Latin anymore. Let's kill it. (This, in case you're not aware, is a language in wide use precisely BECAUSE it's dead. It's a neutral language unlikely to change very much in the future because there's no culture using it that would need to alter it to their needs.)

So we should use all of the thousands of languages that are going to die like Latin? What's your point?


My point is you never know if or what you're going to be needing something like this for. Why remove knowledge from the world just because we personally don't need it? Nepal obviously thinks it needs it.
 
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