Language death – slán le Bo
Pól Ó Muirí
The world is a little bit more impoverished linguistically today with the news that Bo, a language spoken in the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean, is no more with the death of its last native speaker, Boa Sr (85). Stephen Corry, director of the organisation, Survival International, is quoted in one newspaper report as saying: “With the death of Boa Sr and the extinction of the Bo language, a unique part of human society is now just a memory. Boa’s loss is a bleak reminder that we must not allow this to happen to the other tribes of the Andaman Islands.” The paper reports that one of Boa Sr’s greatest regrets was the fact that she had no one with whom she could speak her native language.
There, but for the grace of grants and Government support, goes Irish.