There is another language-related story I’m sure I would have blogged had I not missed it. It was only when the current issue of the Fortean Times arrived a few days ago, did I learn that an indigenous language in southern Mexico is in danger of disappearing because its last two speakers have stopped talking to one another.
According to a BBC report last November two elderly men in the village of Ayapan, Tabasco, have drifted apart. Nevertheless the Mexican Institute for Indigenous Languages is trying to encourage more local people to speak Ayapan Zoque, and hopes the two men will pass the language on to their families. "We hope in a few years to be talking about new speakers of the language," said Dr Nava, head of the Institute.
Mexico has a rich diversity of languages with over 350 indigenous languages spoken within its territory. More than 20 of these are under threat of extinction