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By Beccy Tanner
The Wichita Eagle

Published Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
Updated Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.

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When Robert Rankin, a linguistics professor from the University of Kansas who spent much of his career researching and documenting the Kaw language, died last week, his wife called the Kaw Nation in Oklahoma to tell them the news.

She also offered to give the Kaw Nation his ashes, Kaw tribal leaders said.

“If it wasn’t for his work, we wouldn’t have our language,” said Jim Pepper Henry, a Kaw tribal member who is now director and CEO of the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art in Phoenix.

“He single-handed preserved our language. … You can’t put a price on something like that.”

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Abuja — Prof. Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche, the President of Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN), on Tuesday in Abuja, said about 400 Nigerian indigenous languages were endangered.

Ohiri-Aniche made the disclosure at the UNESCO International Mother Language Day Celebration organised by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with LAN entitled; “Local Languages for Global Citizenship: Spotlight on Science.”

She said the languages were endangered due to past neglect and denigration, adding that some languages had already become extinct, while 152 languages were on the verge of being extinct.

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Online encyclopedia will help preserve Noongar language

Online encyclopedia will help preserve Noongar language

One of Australia’s biggest Aboriginal language groups, Noongar (spoken in Western Australia’s south-west) is set to be preserved with the creation of an Aboriginal online encyclopaedia.

The idea to pursue creation of an encyclopaedia emerged after keen interest was voiced by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians to learn more about one of the world’s oldest languages.

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