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(BBC-US)   You'd think a language wouldn't survive without words for yes and no. And you'd be right. This one is on the verge of dying out   (bbc.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Indigenous peoples, 18-year-old Hima Kusunda, last remaining Kusunda, Language, lowland Nepal, NowHere Media, Language isolate, tiny indigenous group  
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2022-08-11 5:40:27 PM  
American Dad! - Roger "Nooooo"
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2022-08-11 6:23:37 PM  
It also has only one fluent speaker left, something linguists are racing to change.

JFC. Go into hiding now!!!!
 
2022-08-11 6:35:59 PM  
Lacking a concept of 'no' sounds like most of the places I've worked. Perhaps we could introduce this language to society at large.
 
2022-08-11 6:42:19 PM  
FTFA: The Kusunda are highly marginalised and impoverished within Nepali society.

Maybe it wouldn't hurt to create some new words so speakers of the language can say, "No, don't do that to me."
 
2022-08-11 6:44:47 PM  
Do they have 'is'? You wouldn't go very far in life without saying 'is'.

/learned this from some knights who just got a shrubbery
 
2022-08-11 6:54:07 PM  
All I Know Is My Gut Says Maybe
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2022-08-11 6:59:03 PM  

Zik-Zak: Do they have 'is'? You wouldn't go very far in life without saying 'is'.


The word that should not be spoken is "it".
 
2022-08-11 7:15:18 PM  
Zero is a pretty recent thing, think Greeks not Babylonians, and Nepalese are barely able to communicate from each other during the dry season, and fuuuuk during the wet season. There are about a zillion languages in a small area.

Africa is the same way. It doesn't take a lot of geography to divide language.
 
2022-08-11 7:28:03 PM  

Zik-Zak: Do they have 'is'? You wouldn't go very far in life without saying 'is'.

/learned this from some knights who just got a shrubbery


Russian doesn't have a specific word for "is", instead it's implied by the lack of any other verb in the sentence.
The closest they get is есть, meaning "there is"
 
2022-08-11 7:54:26 PM  
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2022-08-11 8:22:28 PM  
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2022-08-11 8:37:27 PM  

Mouser: Zik-Zak: Do they have 'is'? You wouldn't go very far in life without saying 'is'.

/learned this from some knights who just got a shrubbery

Russian doesn't have a specific word for "is", instead it's implied by the lack of any other verb in the sentence.
The closest they get is есть, meaning "there is"


I heard about that; every time someone uses a Russian accent when speaking English, they (mostly, if not totally) drop any form of the verb 'to be'. Same with Arabic.
 
2022-08-11 8:49:29 PM  
Do the Nepalis not count as being indigenous to Nepal?
 
2022-08-12 1:53:16 AM  

Zik-Zak: Mouser: Zik-Zak: Do they have 'is'? You wouldn't go very far in life without saying 'is'.

/learned this from some knights who just got a shrubbery

Russian doesn't have a specific word for "is", instead it's implied by the lack of any other verb in the sentence.
The closest they get is есть, meaning "there is"

I heard about that; every time someone uses a Russian accent when speaking English, they (mostly, if not totally) drop any form of the verb 'to be'. Same with Arabic.


Only in the present tense. "Was, were," and "will be" all exist.
 
2022-08-12 2:16:18 AM  
When saying "I saw a bird" compared to "I will see a bird", a Kusunda speaker might indicate the past action not by tense, but by describing it as an experience directly related to the speaker.

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2022-08-12 10:08:15 AM  

maxheck: Zero is a pretty recent thing, think Greeks not Babylonians, and Nepalese are barely able to communicate from each other during the dry season, and fuuuuk during the wet season. There are about a zillion languages in a small area.

Africa is the same way. It doesn't take a lot of geography to divide language.


Sumeria had the concept a long time ago, like 2000 BC. Babylon had the concept of zero around 400 BC and used a symbol for it, prior to India, prior to the Greeks, etc. India got it from the Babylonians. The Mayans came up with a symbol around year 0.

The Arabs got it around 800 AD, the first to use the 0 symbol, and Europe got it from them a few hundred years later.
 
2022-08-12 12:28:56 PM  

Zik-Zak: Do they have 'is'? You wouldn't go very far in life without saying 'is'.

/learned this from some knights who just got a shrubbery


"It's."
 
2022-08-12 3:09:06 PM  

LouisZepher: Zik-Zak: Do they have 'is'? You wouldn't go very far in life without saying 'is'.

/learned this from some knights who just got a shrubbery

"It's."


*Liberty Bell March*
 
2022-08-13 1:08:04 AM  

Quantumbunny: The Arabs got it around 800 AD, the first to use the 0 symbol


The Arabs tend to use 0 to mean 5.  They use a dot to mean 0.
 
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