Andamanese Languages

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Andamanese Languages


languages (more accurately, dialects) of the aborigines of the Andaman Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The exact number of people speaking the Andamanese languages is unknown (a few hundred). Three languages (dialects) can be distinguished. The languages have not been extensively studied, and their genetic links have not been established. Their structure places them among the agglutinative languages. The grammatical structure of the languages has archaic features of great scientific interest.


Man, E. H. “Dictionary of the South Andaman Language.” Indian Antiquary, 1919–1923, supplement to vols. 48–50.
Portman, M. V. Notes of the Languages of the South-Andaman Group of Tribes. Calcutta, 1898.
Bloch, J. “Préfixes et suffixes en Andaman.” Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris, 1943, vol. 45, fasc. 1.


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With the death of its last fluent speaker, the Bo language, one of the 10 Great Andamanese languages, became extinct in January 2010.
"It is generally believed that all Andamanese languages might be the last representatives of those languages which go back to pre-Neolithic times," she said.
Boa Sr, who died last week aged around 85, was the last speaker of 'Bo', one of the ten Great Andamanese languages.