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Taiwan's dying languages

05/13 10:00

Taiwan’s indigenous population has only about half a million people. Of the 16 tribes on the island, 10 risk losing their language because their populations are small and their language is spoken by only a few people. Also contributing to the languages' decline are earlier governments’ policies discouraging their use, as well as intermarrying with larger tribes and the Mandarin-speaking Taiwanese majority, assimilation into mainstream society and migration to the cities. Hear one elder from the Hla’alua tribe explain why he cannot speak his tribal language fluently and is trying to learn it in his 70s.

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