What do Bargaria, Chochenya, Cornish, Hebrew, Kaurna, Manx, Palawa Kani and Wampanoag have in common?
Yes, that's right, they're all languages. But they have something else in common, too.
No, it's not that, they're from all over the place. Cornish and Manx are British, Chochenya and Wampanoag are from the USA, Palawa Kani is from Tasmania, Hebrew from Israel, and Bargaria and Kaurna are Australian.
So what is it they have in common?
Well, they are all languages that have died out completely but have been revived. Palawi Kani is slightly different in that it has been put together from the scanty remnants of several Tasmanian languages to make one workable one.
Manx's revival began when there were still a few native speakers alive, though it did go through a phase where there were no native speakers at all.
Cornish has been revived from old books of grammar.
All these languages, like every language, are treasures of the world, repositories of wisdom and knowledge and definers of man's relationship with the universe. And they are now alive again.
Snapped threads of memory, spliced back together.
Even where there seems to be no life, sometimes there can be hope.
Word To Use Today: extinct. This word comes from the Latin exstinguere, to extinguish.