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By Michael Cahill,Karen Rice

whereas investigating endangered languages, many researchers develop into attracted to constructing literacy for those languages. although, usually their linguistic education has no longer supplied sensible tips during this zone. This booklet, with contributions through skilled practitioners, is helping fill this hole. either foundational concept and particular case reviews are addressed during this paintings. Non-linguistic components are defined, really sociolinguistic concerns that ensure acceptability of orthographies. A principled method of the extent of phonological illustration for orthographies is proposed, making use of fresh phonological idea. The thorny problems with how one can make certain observe breaks and the way to mark tone in an orthography are explored. "Overly hasty orthographies" and some great benefits of permitting time for an orthography to settle are mentioned. ideas of the foundational chapters are additional exemplified via certain case experiences from Mexico, Peru, California, Nepal, and Southeast Asia, which vividly illustrate the range of neighborhood stipulations that needs to be taken under consideration. the combo of theoretical and functional makes this booklet distinctive. it's going to gain these occupied with aiding identify orthographies for hitherto-unwritten languages, and supply concrete counsel via an important concerns. Michael Cahill (Ph.D. 1999, Ohio country college) constructed the Konni orthography in Ghana. He was once 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, collage 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 college Professor on the college of Toronto.

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