Posted on Friday, 15 April, 2011 | 28 comments| News tip by: Still Waters
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The indigenous Mexican language Ayapaneco is dying out with only two people left alive who can speak it.
To make matters worse neither will speak to the other and nobody else knows more than a few words. 75-year-old Manuel Segovia and 69-year-old Isidro Velazquez are the only two people left who can speak it fluently. Linguistic anthropologist Daniel Suslak has been attempting to get the two men to help him put together a dictionary of the language before it is lost forever.
"Mr Segovia reportedly spoke the language with his brother until he died around 10 years ago, and he still converses with his son and wife, who understand him but are unable to speak more than a few words."