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Media: BBC News: China's Women-only Lang Under Threat

Submitter: Michael Johnstone

Submitter Email: mjj1000@hermes.cam.ac.uk
Media Body: Dear all,

The BBC news website has a short report on a $1m effort to preserve a
language "spoken only by elder women of the Yao ethnic group in Hunan
province. Some linguists say the language may be one of the oldest in the


Michael Johnstone

Issue Number: 13.1080
Date Posted: April 18, 2002

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