Linguists in the foothills of Nepal have made a rare find – a language that until now has never been recorded or analysed in any way by western scientists. In fact, most people have never even heard of it.
First encountered in the north-east of India, the few subsistence farmers and hunters who speak this language live in a dozen or so villages of bamboo huts on stilts. Linguists are excited to study this linguistic artefact, which should offer great insight into the culture of the region. Called Koro, it is hoped that learning and analysing this unique language will help us to better understand the estimated 800 people who speak it.
Sadly, it is widely expected that Koro, along with about 6000 other rare and unique languages will pass out of knowledge within the next 100 years.