Indigenous Mexican Language Dying Out As The Only Two Speakers Won’t Speak To Each Other

The only two speakers left in the world who speak Ayapaneco, an indigenous language found in Mexico, refuse to speak to each other, so their language is at risk of dying out earlier than it should technically do.

There are almost 70 indigenous languages in Mexico, which are divided into a further 364 variations. [Read more…]

First Indigenous-Language Taiwanese Film a Success

The first film written entirely in the Taiwanese Atayal language has been well received by audiences at The International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg in Germany.  The film, ‘Everlasting Moments’, focussed on man’s relationship with nature and marked an important step in promoting indigenous languages.

Atayal is spoken by approximately 85,000 people and is one of Taiwans’ many languages, which also include Hakka, Mandarin and Min Nan (all Chinese), Amis, Japanese and Thao.  Taiwan also has several endangered and extinct languages, such as the extinct Basay and the nearly extinct Babuza.

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