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Guijarro
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 10:42 am
Post subject: Almost lost aboriginal langauges in Australia (a video)
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Here's a link to some almost lost aboriginal languages in Australia. Interesting video for those that have time to spare ...

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/livingthelanguage/2012/04/2012416121435209463.html
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 11:49 am
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How do you feel about them becoming almost lost?
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 4:33 pm
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Very cool! Thanks Guijarro Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:02 am
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Quote: Metal 56: How do you feel about them becoming almost lost?
More or less the same as I feel my youth is completely lost. I am very sad about it, but then I know it's a normal/natural thing to happen.

Quote: Cory: Very cool! Thanks
Don't mention it. I find it great that you think it's cool. In here it's almost 39 degrees celsior, which is far from cool, I can tell you.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:28 am
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Hm, interesting. I know very little about Australian languages. But generally this is the same as many places in the world.

I think it's somewhat sad, somewhat natural (perhaps not at the speed it is occurring), and a really good reason for more fieldwork.

One part that stood out to me... why does the main speaker for the language in the middle do so much code switching? Is he speaking a pidgin/creole of sorts or does he just not know his own language natively? It's much more severe than just borrowing lexical items. It's about 50%-50%. Any ideas?
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