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Andamanese need to be documented, archived: Linguist Anvita Abbi

IANS  |  Aligarh 

Prof on Saturday called for steps to document and archive on the verge of extinction.

"Islands is home to some of the few uncontacted peoples on earth, the indigenous spoken in the islands are on the verge of extinction and they need to be documented and archived," said

Among others, identification of language is the greatest work of the

Speaking on her works, she said: "I identified the language, which is genealogically different from the rest of the of the local tribes."

"After years of research, I evolved a script to suit the sounds of the language. We called it the English-great Andamanese-Hindi dictionary, the first of its kind, to document the language on the islands," she added.

further said that it is difficult to know the exact number of languages because the distinction between a language and a dialect is not always clear.

The Department of Linguistics, (AMU) conferred the Life-Time-Achievement-Award to for her contribution in preserving endangered languages to mark the year, 2019 as the proclaimed 'International Year of Indigenous Languages'.



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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 20:52 IST