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Aboriginal Languages


ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES, languages spoken by the native inhabitants of certain countries. The_ term is generally applied to tongues called non-literary languages, "jargons," broken dialects, etc., but is more correctly used of languages which, what ever their state of development, have left their individuality unim paired upon the territory where they originated. Aboriginal lan guages of Africa, for example, are the Bushman (q.v.), dialects; of China, the Lolo (q.v.), Man-tse, No-su, Mo-so, etc.