Saturday, December 03, 2005
Depressing Fact of the Day
...but an interesting article, overall:
...five Indian subcontinent languages were irretrievably wiped out during the tsunami that obliterated islands in the Bay of Bengal earlier this year.
Think about it for a second or two; five actual languages gone in pretty much the blink of an eye. We're used to thinking about the death of languages as sort of a long, drawn-out, process, giving everybody lots of time to put together grammars, collect archives, and so on, but not in this case. It's kind of an eerie thought, actually.