Some articles on language isolates, languages, language:
... There is direct evidence that a large number of sign languages have arisen independently, without any ancestral language, and thus are true language isolates ... The most famous of these is the Nicaraguan Sign Language, a well documented case of what has happened in schools for the deaf in many countries ... In Tanzania, for example, there are seven schools for the deaf, and seven sign languages, none with any known connection to anything else in the world ...
... north Irian Abinomn language (Baso, Foia) Isirawa language (Donahue links it to Kwerba) Sandaun Province Karkar language (Yuri) – since shown to be a Pauwasi language Busa language ...
... Most of the world's languages are known to belong to language families ... only tentatively proposed) are called language isolates, which can be thought of as minimal language families ... In general, it is assumed that most language isolates have relatives, but at a time depth too great for linguistic comparison to recover them ...
Famous quotes containing the words isolates and/or language:
“Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who openly display their preference like a delectable ailment that isolates them and makes them proud.”
—Maurice Blanchot (b. 1907)
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The nose of Saint like Bag-pipe drone,
And speaks through hollow empty Soul,
As through a Trunk, or whispring hole,
Such language as no mortal Ear
But spiritual Eve-droppers can hear.”
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