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Last speaker of ancient Andaman language dies

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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.

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