Boa Sr.

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Boa Sr. (circa 1925 - January 26, 2010[1]) wis an Indien Great Andamanese elder. She wis the last surviving person who remembered any Bo, a leid o the Great Andamanese leid family.

She wids born around 1925.[2]

Boa Sr. lived through the epidemic brought bi the Breetish to the Andaman an Nicobar Islands, which devastated the Great Andamanese population, an the Japanese invasion an occupation o the Andaman Islands during Warld War II.[3] Boa Sr.'s mother, who dee'd approximately fowerty years before her death, was the ae living speaker o Bo for a lang time. Other members o the Great Andamanese speech community haed difficulty understanding the sangs an narratives which she knew in Bo.[4] She also spoke the Andamanese dialect o Hindi, as well as Great Andamanese, a mix o the ten indigenous leids o Andamans.

Boa Sr. worked with Anvita Abbi, a professor o linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, since 2005. Abbi studied an recordit Boa's leid an sangs.[4]

Boa Sr. survived the 2004 Indien Ocean earthquake bi climbing a tree. She later explained her escape frae the tsunami saying, "We wur all there when the earthquake came. The eldest told us the Earth would part, don't run away or move."[5]

Her husband, Nao Jer, dee'd several years afore she did an the couple haed no children. She suffered frae some vision loss during her later life, but wis considered to be in guid health until shortly afore her daith in 2010.[5]

Boa Sr. dee'd at a hospital in Port Blair on January 26, 2010.[5] Boa Sr., who wis approximately 85 years auld, wis the auldest living member o the Great Andamanese tribes at the time.[6] Boa Sr.'s daith left just 52[5] surviving Great Andamanese fowk in warld, none o whom remember any Bo. Their population is greatly reduced frae the estimated 5,000 Great Andamanese living in the Andaman Islands at the time o the arrival of the Breetish in 1858.[5]

Stephen Corry, director o the British-based NGO Survival International, issued a statement saying, "With the daith o Boa Sr. an the extinction o the Bo leid, a unique part o human society is now juist a memory. Boa's loss is a bleak reminder that we must not allow this to happen to the ither tribes o the Andaman Islands."[7] Linguist Narayan Choudhary also explained what the loss o Boa Sr. meant in both academic an personal terms, "Her loss is not just the loss o the Great Andamanese community, it is a loss o several disciplines o studies put together, including anthropology, linguistics, heestory, psychology, an biology. To me, Boa Sr. epitomised a totality o humanity in all its hues an with a richness that is not to be found anywhere else."

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  2. Alastair Lawson (Februar 4, 2010). "Last speaker of ancient language of Bo dies in India". BBC. Retrieved 2010-08-12. The last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands has died at the age of about 85, a leading linguist has told the BBC. 
  3. "Bo Sr.'s obituary". Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "People of Great Andamanese". 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "Lives Remembered". The Daily Telegraph. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  6. "Language lost as last member of Andaman tribe dies". The Daily Telegraph. 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  7. Watt, Jonathan (2010-02-04). "Ancient tribal language becomes extinct as last speaker dies". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-02-22.