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10.2.10

Because every last word means another lost world.

Following the death of Boa Sr, the last speaker of the 'Bo' language, here is a post with some links to organisations who campaign for indigenous and minority language survival.

Sorosoro - So the languages of the world may prosper!

Sorosoro is a project to document and help protect, or revitalize, the world's endangered languages. There is plenty of information and perhaps some interesting resources for Cornish language activists.

Endangered Languages Project - Because every last word means another lost world.

HRELP's aim is linguistic documentation, i.e to provide comprehensive documentation of the linguistic practices characteristic of a given speech community. Again their site has plenty of resources and may interest the Cornish language movement.

Survival - The movement for tribal people.

Survival is the only international organization supporting tribal peoples worldwide. We were founded in 1969 after an article by Norman Lewis in the UK’s Sunday Times highlighted the massacres, land thefts and genocide taking place in Brazilian Amazonia. Like many modern atrocities, the racist oppression of Brazil’s Indians took place in the name of ‘economic growth’.

Today, Survival has supporters in 82 countries. We work for tribal peoples’ rights in three complementary ways: education, advocacy and campaigns. We also offer tribal people themselves a platform to address the world. We work closely with local indigenous organizations, and focus on tribal peoples who have the most to lose, usually those most recently in contact with the outside world.

We believe that public opinion is the most effective force for change. Its power will make it harder, and eventually impossible, for governments and companies to oppress tribal peoples.


The Cornish language is part of human diversity and an element of the worlds cultural heritage. Perhaps we, the people of Cornwall, need to consider it our responsibility towards the rest of the planet and to future generations to protect and promote our language.

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