The centuries-old Mexican Ayapaneco language isn’t quite dead yet – but there may never be another conversation in it. There are only two people left alive who speak it fluently, and they don’t want to have anything to do with each other.
Apart from the language, the two elderly men „don’t have a lot in common,” says an American anthropologist trying to compile a dictionary of the language before it’s too late. The two last speakers of Ayapaneco live a few hundred yards apart in the same village.
The language went into decline last century amid urbanization, migration, and government efforts to promote Spanish.