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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
world."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia-pacific/newsid_1937000/1937023.stm

Michael Johnstone

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Issue Number: 13.1080
Date Posted: April 18, 2002

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