Dusner an ancient language spoken by only three people

Researchers in a remote Indonesian village are trying to save a record of the vocabulary and grammar of a language they say is spoken by only three people.

The three are the last speakers of Dusner, an ancient language spoken in a fishing village in the jungles of the Indonesian island of Papua, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

Hundreds of languages around the world are in danger of extinction

Researchers from Oxford University’s Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics discovered the language only last year, the newspaper said.

Researcher Suriel Mofu set off for Indonesia in October to record and document the language.

Days after Mofu left Britain, floods ravaged the Papua province and there were fears about the survival of the Dusner speakers, two women age 60 and a man in his 70s.

“The flood in Indonesia has been a real tragedy for the inhabitants of this wonderful island and it’s been a nervous few months waiting to hear whether or not our speakers survived,” Mary Dalrymple, the project’s leader, said, adding Mofu has since made contact with the Dusner speakers. “But this illustrates why our project is so important — we only found out that this language existed last year, and if we don’t document the language before it dies out, it will be lost forever.” Read more

Categories: Indonesia

1 reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.