According to The Linguists

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According to  The Linguists majority language. Dave and Greg’s interactions with members of the Sora-speaking community raise fundamental issues about the nature of  field work, as does their encounter with the speaker of Kallawaya. These issues are: o It is possible, even easy, to offend community members by breaching indigenous cultural practices, o Field workers must temper their impatience to document a dying language against the speakers’ sense of what is  important, o To learn about an indigenous language, linguists must also learn about, accept, and even participate in the  indigenous culture Under what circumstances could a language with hundreds of thousands of speakers be considered endangered? o When young people leave the communities where the language is spoken for school or jobs and do not return, o When the majority language is spoken by hundreds of millions of speakers The examples of the Piraha, Chulym, Chemehuevi, and Kallawaya all suggest that these languages are all rich repositories of  information about communities’ cultures and their unique ways of interacting with the environment. A language such as Chulym is almost certain to go extinct when children no longer acquire it as a first language and the  youngest speakers are middle-aged. The most unusual feature of Sora’s counting system is that it uses both a base twelve system and a base twenty system.
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