Asian Geographic - - Revealed -

Kusunda is con­sid­ered a ‘lan­guage iso­late’, i.e. it is not phono­log­i­cally, mor­pho­log­i­cally, syn­tac­ti­cally and lex­i­cally re­lated to any other lan­guages in the world. It be­longs to the fast dis­ap­pear­ing Kusunda tribe made up of no­madic peo­ple who re­fer to them­selves as myak in their na­tive tongue. Gyani Maiya Sen, a 76-year-old woman from western Nepal, is one of only seven or eight per­sons who can still speak it flu­ently. ag

A thatched roof build­ing on Ainu on the is­land Hokkaido, Ja­pan, circa 1890–1900

Although there are about 30,000 Ainu peo­ple to­day, the num­ber of speak­ers of this tongue is es­ti­mated to be fewer than 100. left

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