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Creating Orthographies for Endangered Languages (Hardback)
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Creating Orthographies for Endangered Languages (Hardback)

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Hardback 358 Pages / Published: 31/08/2017
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Creating an orthography is often seen as a key component of language revitalisation. Encoding an endangered variety can enhance its status and prestige. In speech communities that are fragmented dialectally or geographically, a common writing system may help create a sense of unified identity, or help keep a language alive by facilitating teaching and learning. Despite clear advantages, creating an orthography for an endangered language can also bring challenges, and this volume debates the following critical questions: whose task should this be - that of the linguist or the speech community? Should an orthography be maximally distanciated from that of the language of wider communication for ideological reasons, or should its main principles coincide for reasons of learnability? Which local variety should be selected as the basis of a common script? Is a multilectal script preferable to a standardised orthography? And can creating an orthography create problems for existing native speakers?

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107148352
Number of pages: 358
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 23 mm


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'These case studies from multiple continents provide an illuminating view into the world of endangered languages and the very specific challenges of providing practical orthographies for them. The wide variety of sociopolitical situations and historical backgrounds is fascinating, especially balanced against the fact that some issues arise quite commonly across languages.' Michael Cahill, Orthography Services Coordinator, SIL International
"These case studies from multiple continents provide an illuminating view into the world of endangered languages and the very specific challenges of providing practical orthographies for them. The wide variety of sociopolitical situations and historical backgrounds is fascinating, especially balanced against the fact that some issues arise quite commonly across languages." Michael Cahill, Orthography Services Coordinator, SIL International

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