Unique Languages: Lemerig
Spoken in the remote island paradise of Vanuatu, 1,000 miles from northern Australia, Lemerig is a language now spoken fluently by only two people in the world. Near extinction, Lemerig is made up of four dialects, most of which have long been lost to the modern world. With over twice as many phonemic vowel sounds as the English language, the nearly-extinct Oceanic language was first discovered by a visiting linguist in 2003.
Unique Languages: Taushiro
A language native to Peru, Taushiro exists solely along the banks of the Aguaruna River by one man, Amadeo Garcia. The loneliness is almost palpable; aware that no one else would be able to understand him, Garcia can only share the cultural wealth and heritage that comes with that language with himself. Around others, Garcia speaks Spanish like most everyone else. if, for whatever reason, you were to need to express the concept of “a dozen” things, good luck: in Taushiro, there are no words for numbers above ten. To say anything above ten, you would say “ashintu” and point to a toe.
Unique Languages: Tanema
Today, the Solomon Island-originating Tanema is a language only spoken by one person in the world. The incredibly uncommon tongue is something of an amalgamation of several linguistic influences which include Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern and Oceanic. Those who did speak the language have moved on to the languages of Pijin and Teanu instead, however chards of Tanema persist in their newly-adopted languages. After all, verbs like wekini (to run) and la munana (to lie down) have survived the transition.