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Re: NATLANG: English Homework - Keeping alive languages of minoriti...

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Sunday, March 6, 2005, 21:04
In a message dated 3/6/2005 11:29:24 AM Eastern Standard Time,
kingbiscuitglk@C... writes:

>I saw an article yesterday (I'll dig it up) discussing the decline of >indigenous languages, for example in Madagascar there are 23 such >langauges but they are declining rapidly since Portuguese became the >official language upon thier independence in '75.
In, Doug Dee <AmateurLinguist@A...> wrote:
>>Just because I enjoy nit-picking: You wrote "Madagascar" but the >>article you then posted is about Mozambique.
The comment puzzled me, too, not because of the subject of the article, but rather because I'm sure that the lingua franca of the Malagasy Republic is French. My first thought was, "Whoops, I got that one wrong!" But, on reflection, I don't think the Portuguese ever occupied the island. In any case, the French were the last colonizers. Charlie