Creating Orthographies for Endangered Languages by Mari C. Jones,Damien Mooney

By Mari C. Jones,Damien Mooney

growing an orthography is usually obvious as a key section of language revitalisation. Encoding an endangered style can increase its prestige and status. In speech groups which are fragmented dialectally or geographically, a typical writing process can assist create a feeling of unified identification, or aid continue a language alive by means of facilitating educating and studying. regardless of transparent merits, growing an orthography for an endangered language may also convey demanding situations, and this quantity debates the next severe questions: whose job should still this be - that of the linguist or the speech neighborhood? may still an orthography be maximally distanciated from that of the language of wider conversation for ideological purposes, or should still its major rules coincide for purposes of learnability? Which neighborhood style may be chosen because the foundation of a standard script? Is a multilectal script top-rated to a standardised orthography? and will growing an orthography create difficulties for current local speakers?

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