Science: Saving a Language in Sierra Leone | The New York Times

Science: Saving a Language in Sierra Leone | The New York Times

Science: Saving a Language in Sierra Leone | The New York Times


Linguist Tucker Childs and his research assistant, Hannah Sarvasy, have been studying Kim, a dying language in Sierra Leone.

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  1. @LinkKaiba yes but thats easy coming from an english speaker like you…….the world without variety is a world not worth living in….and what is useless? english is only number one as its the biggest bully won….what is english? anglo saxon bearded tribesmen mixed with norman french and vikings….just another form of communication, not even that easy to learn

  2. @djhassan050 There are a LOT of indians there. But the official language is English, then everyone speaks Krio which is a pidgen language. Then you have Temne and Mende which are the two largest ethnic groups.

  3. The language being referred to in the narration as "Kim" is called "Kiimi" by its native speakers (Krim, in colonial literature). If Kiimi dies out we hope it doesn’t forever bear the mutilated name "Kim" (or Krim, for that matter).

  4. I have to disagree
    when you lose a language you really do lose a culture. I notice this being bilingual that a culture is lost with language because there so intertwined together & someone can only understand that when you know more than 1 language
    & yes Sierra Leone will go on as a new living entity but that is exactly what it will be .. New.. a new different culture their with a little of the old but it will be new

  5. The same thing that is happening to this language is bound to happen to Sherbro, and maybe to a lesser extent Kissi.

    It has already happend in to Gola and Vai..being that the only native speakers are all now in Liberia.

    Mende has the power to absorb small languages around it…..yall aint know?!

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