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From:Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>
Date:Sunday, March 6, 2005, 16:37
In a message dated 3/6/2005 11:29:24 AM Eastern Standard Time,
kingbiscuitglk@COMCAST.NET 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.
Just because I enjoy nit-picking: You wrote "Madagascar" but the article you then posted is about Mozambique. I don't know much about Mozambique, but in most of Africa, dying languages are threatened not by the ex-Colonial languages (which are generally spoken only by a small elite, who use them as second languages) but by more widely spoken African languages. Doug


G. L. King <kingbiscuitglk@...>