Monday, April 18, 2011

Last Two Speakers of Dying Language Refuse to Talk to Each Other

Naw, I didn't post it as metaphor for Democrats, Republicans and federal finances.
From the Guardian via Gawker:
Ayapaneco is a dying language, once spoken in what is now the Mexican state of Tabasco. There are only two speakers left, both of whom live in the same village. And they refuse to talk to each other.
Manuel Segovia and Isidro Velazquez, are 75 and 69, respectively. They live less than a mile from each other in the village of Ayapa and, apparently, "they have never really enjoyed each other's company."
"They don't have a lot in common," says Daniel Suslak, a linguistic anthropologist from Indiana University, who is involved with a project to produce a dictionary of Ayapaneco. Segovia, he says, can be "a little prickly" and Velazquez, who is "more stoic," rarely likes to leave his home....MORE