US: Opening of National Museum of Language, Saturday 3 May

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Fri May 2 00:19:03 UTC 2008

Forwarded From: edling at


The National Museum of Language (NML), a small museum that explores
the transformative powers of language, will be opened to the public
this May after more than ten years in the making. A trail-blazer in
the field-there are no more than three museums in the world with a
similar focus--the Museum will examine the history, impact and art of

The opening exhibit "Writing Language: Passing It On" will display how
written language has developed over time. Attention is given to the
development of alphabetic and pictographic writing systems. The
alphabetic exhibit traces the beginnings of the Roman Alphabet from
Sumerian clay tablets, its evolution into the alphabet used most
widely worldwide today, and its relation to Arabic and Hebrew
alphabets. The pictographic exhibit features the Chinese and Japanese

The Museum will open Saturday, May 3, 2008, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. After
the opening, visitors are then welcome on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9:00
AM - 4:00 PM; first and third Sundays: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

The opening

When: Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 1:00 PM.

Where: The National Museum of Language

7100 Baltimore Ave. -- Suite 202

College Park, MD 20740

For more information contact: Dr. Amelia C. Murdoch,
acmurdoch at <>

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