Researchers Discover Totally Unique Language in the Himalayas

Linguists working in a remote area of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh discovered a language spoken by 800 people that is totally unlike any language that's ever been cataloged. It's called Koro.

"Their language is quite distinct on every level—the sound, the words, the sentence structure," said Gregory Anderson, director of the nonprofit Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, who directs the project's research. Details of the language will be documented in an upcoming issue of the journal Indian Linguistics.[...]

Languages like Koro "construe reality in very different ways," Dr. Anderson said. "They uniquely code knowledge of the natural world in ways that cannot be translated into a major language."[...]

Moreover, it was masked by the unusual language diversity of the area, where so many languages are spoken that they seem to intermingle effortlessly in streams of thought. Indeed, the local Koro speakers themselves didn't consider theirs a separate language, even though it is as distinct from those spoken by other villagers as English is from Russian, the researchers said.


This language has no written form, so researchers are working quickly to learn its grammar and vocabulary in order to preserve it against extinction.

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This has nothing to do with the comments that remain here, but I must remind everyone that personal attacks against other commenters is forbidden at this site. Debate is great, but we will not allow guests to brawl in the house.
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While it is strictly incorrect to use a modifier with the word 'unique' it isn't really that bad. In formal writing it would certainly be frowned upon but when writing blog entries or news articles it is acceptable to emphasise such things.
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Colinski, a huge number of native English speakers say "between you and I", but it doesn't make it correct. It's not gall or not recognizing that language is alive and changes over time. It's willingness to learn what the word means and to accept when it's pointed out when someone uses it incorrectly.

Database designers got it right (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unique_key). A unique key in a database index makes the value unique, not very unique or more unique than another - just plain unique. Why doesn't everyone want to get it right as well?

Do you accept that "it's" isn't possessive? Or do you think that since people misspell it all the time it's OK to use it that way? You don't need to check with a linguist to answer. I'm not the grammar police. I thought it was ironic that the title of this article used incorrect language to describe a language.
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Gilda, as much as you might fight it, languages, even English, change over time. Since a huge number of native English speakers use modifiers with "unique," you have a lot of gall to insist that it can't be used that way. Go talk to a linguist.

Speaking of linguists, thank god there are Wikipedia editors who know something about linguistics and can help sort out what is clearly a load of hyperbole in that linked article.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koro_language
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Friends, unique is unique, one of a kind. Either it's unique, or it isn't. Therefore, one thing can't be "more" unique than another, so unique takes no modifiers (such as totally and truly).
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