9781107148352 Creating Orthographies for Endangered Languages


Mari C. Jones, University of Cambridge

Damien Mooney, University of Bristol

Provides new perspectives on creating orthographies in a variety of contextually different situations

The only volume of its kind that focuses explicitly on orthography development for endangered languages

Gives insight into orthography development being implemented not only by professional linguists but also by community members who are trying to maintain their native language

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?


International Journal of the Sociology of Language

Italian and Italo-Romance dialects

Regional varieties of Italian in the linguistic repertoire

Language policy and ideology in Italy


Language Problems and Language Planning

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Language Problems and Language Planning is published in cooperation with the Center for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems. This peer-reviewed international and multi-lingual journal publishes articles primarily on political, sociological, and economic aspects of language and language use. It is especially concerned with relationships between and among language communities, particularly in international contexts, and in the adaptation, manipulation, and standardization of language for international use. Articles deal with language policy, language management, and language use in international organizations, multinational enterprises, etc., and theoretical studies on global communication, language interaction, and language conflict.
ISSN 0272-2690 | E-ISSN 1569-9889 |


Eurolang® is a NGO that works for the promotion, protection and development of European lesser-used languages. In this role it functions as one of the chief advocates for these languages at the European, state and national/regional level.

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