Page last updated at 13:54 GMT, Thursday, 4 February 2010

Last speaker of ancient Andaman language dies


The last member of a unique tribe has died on India's Andaman Islands.

Boa Sr, who died last week aged around 85, was the last speaker of Bo, one of the ten Great Andamanese languages.

The Bo are thought to have lived in the Andaman Islands for as long as 65,000 years.

Linguist Prof. Anvita Abbi worked with Boa Sr for many years, and got to know her well while recording for posterity the unique culture she represented.


Story Tools


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific