Spoken L1 Language: Koro

Comments on subclassification

Mark Post and Roger Blench 2011

AES status:
Campbell, Lyle and Lee, Nala Huiying and Okura, Eve and Simpson, Sean and Ueki, Kaori 2017
Koro (India) (7649-jkr) = Endangered (60 percent certain, based on the evidence available)

The Koro-Aka language ( Gregory D. S. Anderson and Ganesh Murmu 2010 ), a Siangic language of Arunachal Pradesh, is missing from E16. (The Hruso [hru] entry mentions Koro (as Aka) with the incoherent claim that it is a 'dialect' that shares 9% of its vocabulary with Hruso [hru]. This information is presumably a misinterpretation of the unpublished 2005 survey ( Binny Abraham and Kara Sako and Elina Kinny and Isapdaile Zeliang 2005 ), which correctly identified Aka as a separate language and contains a vocabulary and the lexicostatistical comparison with the 9% figure.) This is the language arrogantly purported to be a ”newly discovered” language by National Geographic's "Enduring Voices" project and picked up by many major news outlets, e.g., BBC (5 October 2010: ”Indian language is new to science” by Daniel Boettcher <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11479563> accessed 20 October 2010). In fact, language data on Koro (as Miri-Aka) was published by Grewal, Dalvindar Singh 1993 , Grewal, Dalvinder Singh 1997 and the existence of the language (as a separate language) has been mentioned (without data) in publications several times earlier, e.g., Sinha, Raghuvir 1962: 13-15 . See also: Hruso [hru].

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