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LINGUIST List 21.4845

Thu Dec 02 2010

FYI: Endangered Alphabets Project

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        1.     Tim Brookes , Endangered Alphabets Project

Message 1: Endangered Alphabets Project
Date: 02-Dec-2010
From: Tim Brookes <brookeschamplain.edu>
Subject: Endangered Alphabets Project
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The Endangered Alphabets Project consists of an exhibition of alphabet
carvings and a recently published book. The project is the first-ever
attempt to address the issue of alphabet endangerment. Writing has become
so dominated by a small number of global cultures that the estimated 6,000
world languages are written in fewer than 100 alphabets. Moreover, fully a
third are endangered. On a global scale, writing is already dominated by as
few as five major alphabets: Latin, Arabic, Cyrillic, Chinese and Japanese.

For more information on the Endangered Alphabets Project, please visit:


Additionally, work on a similar carving project has begun. The project will
result in endangered scripts being combined with an endangered languages
poetry project. These carvings will then be displayed throughout the U.S.
and in other countries. Translators will be needed to assist with the
following languages: Redjang, Bamum, Balinese, Manchu, Nushu,
Ranjana/Lantsa, N'Ko, Buhid, Tai Dam, Javanese, and Maldivian/Thaana. For
more information about this work-in-progress, please contact Tim Brookes at

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Translation; Writing Systems

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