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The last known native speaker of a dialect from a remote fishing village in Scotland has died at the age of 92. When Bobby Hogg passed away, the unique language he spoke became extinct. Hogg spoke the Scots dialect known as Cromarty fisherfolk, which has become the first unique dialect to be lost in Scotland. Linguists says the dialect thrived for centuries in the isolated fishing communities of northern Scotland, but began to fade in the 1950s when industrialization established new methods that separated the way of life from the dialect. Language researcher Robert Millar says the loss of the dialect is part of larger global trend toward common trade languages. Since 96% of the world’s population speak 4% of the world’s languages, seldom used dialects are disappearing at the rate of one every two weeks. Millar says the only examples of the Cromarty dialect left are a few brief audio clips. He added, “Generally, in the literate world, local dialects are suffering. The highly mobile and technologically advanced areas of the world are worst affected.” — Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Last native speaker of Scots dialect dies, by Jamie Hamilton, http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/05/world/europe/scotland-dead-dialect/index.html?npt=NP1, Accessed October 6, 2012.

Revelation 5:9 (HCSB) And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed ⌊people⌋ for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation.

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