New PDF release: Developing Orthographies for Unwritten Languages

By Michael Cahill,Karen Rice

whereas investigating endangered languages, many researchers turn into attracted to constructing literacy for those languages. besides the fact that, frequently their linguistic education has now not supplied functional tips during this sector. This ebook, with contributions via skilled practitioners, is helping fill this hole. either foundational conception and particular case reviews are addressed during this paintings. Non-linguistic components are defined, quite sociolinguistic concerns that be certain acceptability of orthographies. A principled method of the extent of phonological illustration for orthographies is proposed, using fresh phonological thought. The thorny problems with the right way to confirm observe breaks and the way to mark tone in an orthography are explored. "Overly hasty orthographies" and the advantages of permitting time for an orthography to settle are mentioned. rules of the foundational chapters are additional exemplified by means of targeted case experiences from Mexico, Peru, California, Nepal, and Southeast Asia, which vividly illustrate the diversity of neighborhood stipulations that needs to be taken into consideration. the mix of theoretical and sensible makes this ebook designated. it is going to profit these interested by supporting determine orthographies for hitherto-unwritten languages, and supply concrete tips via an important matters. Michael Cahill (Ph.D. 1999, Ohio kingdom collage) constructed the Konni orthography in Ghana. He used to be SIL's overseas Linguistics Coordinator for 11 years, and is at the LSA's Committee on Endangered Languages and their maintenance. Keren Rice (Ph.D. 1976, college of Toronto) helped standardize the orthography of Slavey, and has taught on orthography improvement at InField/CoLang. She used to be LSA President in 2012 and is at present collage Professor on the collage of Toronto.

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