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(Daily Mail)   You know you're a bastard when you're one of the last speakers of your language and the only other person who speaks it, refuses to talk to you   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 39
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2011-04-14 12:27:56 PM
I wonder if, that language encourages unnecessary, use of commas. Maybe one of them, could teach the language, to the retardmitter.
 
2011-04-14 12:28:18 PM
Sad, but weirdly entertaining at the same time.
 
2011-04-14 12:31:55 PM
Ayapaneco's a dead language
As dead as dead can be
It killed off all the Mexicans
And now it's killing me.
 
2011-04-14 12:32:06 PM
Does this language involve unnecessary commas?
 
2011-04-14 12:33:14 PM
Dammit, Ed :P
 
2011-04-14 12:33:46 PM
I feel proud to recognize one of the languages there; Livonia.

Not so proud that I learned that from Axis Powers Hetalia... :)
 
2011-04-14 12:34:26 PM
Meh - we have way too many languages anyway. If we cut them in half every 100 years, we'll be down to three languages in AD 3100!
 
2011-04-14 12:37:10 PM
I like how the article writer presumes that as the last two people who speak the language, they should be talking about how to preserve it.

I never understood this thought process. Some things are extinguished over time, and new things are constantly created. Not everything must be preserved.
 
2011-04-14 12:41:02 PM
Maybe this language is dying out because it inspires negativity in the speakers. Seriously, if the two things the speakers have is the language and mutual antagonism, I really doubt it's worth preserving. IU's language lab is documenting it, and if any descendents want to pick it up in fifty years then I'm sure it will be made available in lesson packs, just as they do with other native languages here in the US, and also commas.
 
2011-04-14 12:42:56 PM
Esperanto?
 
2011-04-14 12:46:02 PM

BolloxReader: Maybe this language is dying out because it inspires negativity in the speakers. Seriously, if the two things the speakers have is the language and mutual antagonism, I really doubt it's worth preserving. IU's language lab is documenting it, and if any descendents want to pick it up in fifty years then I'm sure it will be made available in lesson packs, just as they do with other native languages here in the US, and also commas.


www.broodingdetective.com
THAT'S NOT HOW LANGUAGE WORKS!
 
2011-04-14 12:48:16 PM

BolloxReader: Maybe this language is dying out because it inspires negativity in the speakers. Seriously, if the two things the speakers have is the language and mutual antagonism, I really doubt it's worth preserving.



What a pessimistic thought. We should probably stem this flood of pessimism by renouncing English.
 
2011-04-14 12:48:22 PM
Random commas are random.
 
2011-04-14 12:52:25 PM
Has anyone considered that they are boring people with nothing to say in any language?

/goes back to singing in Welsh...
//...in Quebec...
 
2011-04-14 12:56:08 PM

llegar: I never understood this thought process. Some things are extinguished over time, and new things are constantly created. Not everything must be preserved.


While I think that as many records as possible of the langauge should be preserved, including dictionary and translations, I have to agree.

6k languages? That's an aweful lot of people who can't communicate with each other, the whole purpose of language.

Personally, I think that ONE language would be ideal, even 'only' 3-7 would allow at least some people to be 'universal translators'.

Of course, I speak as an American who had lousy foreign language instruction(IE NONE) in grade school, had my Spanish teacher recommend I take German instead, and even then have extreme difficulty. :(
 
2011-04-14 01:10:12 PM
The quicker languages die out, the better, I think. I could see space for maybe a dozen, given that language does shape thought and having different languages allows for room for more originality. But ultimately the world would be better off if everyone could understand everyone else, and even the most language-oriented people can only really know a couple.
 
2011-04-14 01:11:33 PM
FYI: English is dying too.
"The English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts."
 
2011-04-14 01:13:41 PM

Scoot951: The quicker languages die out, the better, I think.


I don't think it's worth sacrificing beauty, history and variety for efficiency, in this case.
 
2011-04-14 01:25:52 PM

Why Would I Read the Article: Ayapaneco's a dead language
As dead as dead can be
It killed off all the Mexicans
And now it's killing me.


Is it weird that I read that to the tune of the "Gilligan's Island" theme?

/thanks, xkcd, now I do that to Emily Dickinson's "Death"
//AND "Amazing Grace"
 
2011-04-14 01:27:46 PM
I wonder how often this happens with those languages identical twins invent
 
2011-04-14 01:29:01 PM

Linkage: FYI: English is dying too.
"The English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts."


Doubleplus ungood
 
2011-04-14 01:38:32 PM
This is actually a repeat from a few years ago, but it's interesting nonetheless (and almost no-one would remember the previous thread anyway).


BolloxReader: Maybe this language is dying out because it inspires negativity in the speakers. Seriously, if the two things the speakers have is the language and mutual antagonism, I really doubt it's worth preserving. IU's language lab is documenting it, and if any descendents want to pick it up in fifty years then I'm sure it will be made available in lesson packs, just as they do with other native languages here in the US, and also commas.


It takes decades to document a language, and even then all you get is a blueprint. It's like trying to reconstruct a living, breathing T-Rex from a partial skeleton (of course, DNA sequencing makes things a tad easier nowadays, but still...). Learning a language from lesson packs is fine if you have the chance to go practice with living native speakers, but once they're gone, they're gone. And language in use is very different than language in documentation; if you tried learning English from a few tapes and dictionaries/grammars, your English would be extremely limited.
 
2011-04-14 01:40:26 PM
Snoop dogg still speaks this language...
 
2011-04-14 01:46:26 PM

Linkage: FYI: English is dying too.
"The English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts."


Dingdingdingdiiing!

Like, Oh my Gawwwd y'allll! Like, seriously, fo' sheezy, THIS!
 
2011-04-14 02:05:15 PM
Has anyone here commented about how the English language is vanishing too? Because I need to know who's a moron.
 
2011-04-14 02:05:35 PM

Ed_Severson: I wonder if, that language encourages unnecessary, use of commas. Maybe one of them, could teach the language, to the retardmitter.


Tiny, fist, it shakes.
 
2011-04-14 02:13:24 PM
This is why you people need to get to work and learn Esperanto, fikfeks.
 
2011-04-14 02:30:51 PM

Roxy Monoxide: Linkage: FYI: English is dying too.
"The English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts."

Dingdingdingdiiing! Like, Oh my Gawwwd y'allll! Like, seriously, fo' sheezy, THIS!


Huh.
 
2011-04-14 02:45:02 PM

Feral_and_Preposterous: This is why you people all y'all need to get to work and learn Esperanto, fikfeks.


FTFM
 
2011-04-14 02:49:08 PM

Linkage: FYI: English is dying too.
"The English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts."


That shiat's all retarded.
 
2011-04-14 05:20:55 PM

Ed_Severson: I wonder if, that language encourages unnecessary, use of commas. Maybe one of them, could teach the language, to the retardmitter.


Sadly, I also, it seems, suffer from this affliction. I do, rather try, my best to, in some small way, stop writing in such, for lack of a better term, style; as it is hard to read. So far, however, I have, despite my best efforts, had little luck with this, and other endeavors, I have undertaken, in earnest, to improve my communication, specially writing, skills.
 
2011-04-14 05:21:45 PM

GreatGlavinsGhost: Linkage: FYI: English is dying too.
"The English language had deteriorated into a hybrid of hillbilly, valleygirl, inner-city slang and various grunts."

That shiat's all retarded.


You done talk too fancy there city boy.
 
2011-04-14 07:22:02 PM
I see article comes with picture of what Mexico might look like.
 
2011-04-14 08:41:39 PM

BolloxReader: Maybe this language is dying out because it inspires negativity in the speakers. Seriously, if the two things the speakers have is the language and mutual antagonism, I really doubt it's worth preserving.


Apparently they have 500 words for "hate" but only 1 for "not hate".
 
2011-04-14 11:10:49 PM

Chameleon: I see article comes with picture of what Mexico might look like.


brendancalling.com

What a Ron Mexico might look like
 
2011-04-14 11:20:23 PM

Feral_and_Preposterous: This is why you people need to get to work and learn Esperanto, fikfeks.


Ek!
 
2011-04-15 01:38:32 AM

Zik-Zak: Why Would I Read the Article: Ayapaneco's a dead language
As dead as dead can be
It killed off all the Mexicans
And now it's killing me.

Is it weird that I read that to the tune of the "Gilligan's Island" theme?

/thanks, xkcd, now I do that to Emily Dickinson's "Death"
//AND "Amazing Grace"


Thank you! I was trying to remember what tune was used in that comic the other day, and now you've saved me the research.

/now has the damn song stuck in my head.....
 
2011-04-15 02:10:43 AM

Aidan: I feel proud to recognize one of the languages there; Livonia.


I can even understand most of the livonian texts I have seen, but their spelling is very... latvian.
 
2011-04-15 10:24:10 AM

jonnypeh: Aidan: I feel proud to recognize one of the languages there; Livonia.

I can even understand most of the livonian texts I have seen, but their spelling is very... latvian.


That's because of the huge amount of Indo-European loanwords in Livonian (mostly from German and Latvian).

You probably knew that already, though.

Do you speak Võro, by any chance?
 
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