March 23, 2007

College-age Carrier Speakers!

I'm so happy I just can't resist letting everybody know: Today I had a telephone conversation with a university student who is a fluent native speaker of Carrier! His roommate is also a speaker, and they make a point of speaking to each other in Carrier. Most speakers of Carrier are elderly, and even in the areas where the language is better off, speakers under late middle age are few and far between, so it is exciting to encounter exceptions like these. I had thought that the youngest speakers from their village were twenty years older.

Posted by Bill Poser at March 23, 2007 05:36 AM