Date: 2 weeks ago   Category: Culture

In Madrid it is possible to go to a travel on the world of the died-out languages through bible texts


In total Shabby and New Precepts have editions in 3,350 languages from 7,111 existing. La Biblia exhibition. Un viaje por las lenguas del mundo which can be visited in the museum CaixaForum in Madrid till September 1 presents 1,600 copies collected within 25 years by the collector Pere Roquet, Spain in Russian notes. The history of the collected collection presented for visitors last week began in 1995 in Kenya. There the Colombian missionary Franco Moretti presented the New Testament written in language туркан on which nearly one million people spoke, to Pere Roquet, the former executive director of National bank of Andorra who is on pension. "I always said that when I retire, I will travel, spend time with the grandsons and I will begin to collect any collection bearing cultural interest. In Kenya I understood that many languages die, as well as people. Therefore the Bible is always on the lips туркан the most special for me", - Pere Roquet tells. In 25 years after receiving the first copy the collection expanded up to 1,600 volumes in more than 1,900 various languages which carefully gathered from different sources.

was very difficult to Get some copies. "North Korea was one of the countries most difficult for this purpose", - the collector remembers, adding that difficulties were connected with crossing of borders between South and North Korea. Asian Bhutan was one more of the most difficult countries. The Bible came to Roquet's hands through the missionary from there in Singapore which often traveled to this country. The purpose of this collection consists in estimating and comparing a global language variety through texts. According to UNESCO, each two weeks in the world one language dies. Therefore the main mission of Pere Roquet - to restore, support and compare languages by means of bible texts.

the Linguistic value of a collection has important feature - some texts are written on the dead or almost died out languages which in many cases come from oral tradition. Actually, nearly a half of languages of the world have no writing. And these Bibles collected by the collector are the only sources of the kept writing of classic languages. Progress in the field of linguistics allowed to accelerate translation process. "Before 25 years were required to translate and express oral language in writing. Now this process lasts 7 or 8 years. But all this still is labor-intensive process. We have to live on the place where there is neither water, nor a civilization fully to understand a context", - Roquet says.

the Collection of bible texts of Pere Roquet continues to grow every day, and he still dreams of new jewelry for it, such as Bible from the small atoll of Niue which size does not even reach the island size. The atoll depends on New Zealand in spite of the fact that it is at distance of 2,400 kilometers from it. "Interestingly, what there Bible? It is what captivates me", - Roquet says.

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