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The parrot who kept a language alive

In 1800, one explorer discovered a parrot who was speaking a dead language. It was an ex-language. It had ceased to be.

http://mentalfloss.com/uk/animals/31523/the-parrot-that-kept-a-language-alive

It's a very interesting read, I'm glad I stumbled into it.... :)

August 30, 2015

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ptoro

Interesting, but the 40 words that were transcribed from the parrot hardly constitute a language.


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    It's a parrot, what could you expect? It's just a few words, but it's a bird. I find that amazing enough.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

    Was the parrot good enough to tell Von Humboldt what the words meant, or do we just have a few dozen untranslateable words?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ketoacidosis

    What if the parrot

    was speaking its own language?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElFFELTOWER

    And what if every animal

    speaks their own language(s)?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mi_Petas

    Was one of the words "Baloney" or Bologna?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teen_Polyglot

    I read about this in "Spoken Here." It's a very interesting story, but it's sad that there's only 40 words saved.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_ava_a24

    WOW! I wonder wher he heard it from??

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