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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old May 13th, 2005, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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"Minority" Languages

I was wondering if anyone on the board spoke a language that perhaps very little people know, is endangered or regionalised?

I knew some Scottish Gaelic from my gran who had learned it herself when an adult, but when she died I forgot most of it . I tried to re-learn on my own, but lack of time (and talent ) meant I stopped . Only about 45,000 to 50,000 people speak Gaelic now, so it's going to die out

Who knows some minority languages?

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Aramic, spoken in a few villages in Syria.
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Frisian (Frysk)

It's a West Germanic language which is spoken by about 400,000 people in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands. It is closely related to Dutch but also shows a number of striking similarities to English, especially at the lexical level.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old May 13th, 2005, 11:01 AM
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Frisian is the closest language to English, Bram.

Cornish, the language of my region died out but is now undergoing a revival. This week, our newly returend MP at Westminster swore the oath of allegiance in Cornish as well as English. The language is very similar to Breton and Welsh. The numbers 1-10 go as follows:
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I have a friend who is Italian that says that much of the different dialects are beginning to disappear because of this trend that the younger generation are being influenced by the media to speak more proper Italian.

Not sure if anyone can confirm that, but I found that rather interesting and I am sure this is more widespread globally than what is probably known.
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Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch).

Less than 400.000 people speaking it actually.

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Frisian is the closest language to English, Bram.
Yeah I know, I copied that bit from a website

The thing is, however, that I can understand people speaking Frisian (well most of it) but I seriously doubt that English-speaking people would understand it

Just look at this website: http://fy.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haadside
A Dutch person should be able to understand the sentences and words. But does an Englishman know what e.g. "sûnder auteursrjochten" means?
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I know a few words in Low German (?) but can't really speak it.
It's still pretty common in Northern Germany among the older generation but it might be dying out too.
It has quite a lot in common with English too.
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I know a few words in Low German (?) but can't really speak it.
It's still pretty common in Northern Germany among the older generation but it might be dying out too.
It has quite a lot in common with English too.
You mean Plattdüütsch?

It's quite similar to Dutch, actually. Here's the Platdüütsch version of Wikipedia http://nds.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%B6%C3%B6ftsiet


Some information:
This is the Low Saxon and East Low German (plattdüütsch) Wikipedia. They both are closely related languages (you can also say, they both form one language) spoken by 12 - 15 million people on all continents except Antarctica. The native area is between the IJsselmeer and north west Poland, covering parts of the Netherlands, southern Denmark, northern Germany and what is now western Poland. The language is also closely related to other Low German languages (like Dutch), and to English; which both were delevoped from Old Low German.
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Does West-Vlaams count too
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You mean Plattdüütsch?
Yes.
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i speak frankonian slang - lol

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my grandma speaks Maghi, Maithili and Bhojpuri all of which have speakers in the millions but all three are dying out and being assimilated into Hindi in India.

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I can speak a form of Gobbledigook which is known by less than 15000 people.
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