[lg policy] Back in the saddle again...

Brookes, Tim brookes at champlain.edu
Fri Jul 20 09:34:31 EDT 2018


Dear Hal:
Welcome back--and welcome back to physical and electronic health!
Interesting you should mention the role of maps in language. Many on this
list will already know of Aaron Carapella's Tribal Nations Maps, and also
the interactive native-land.ca site, not to mention
www.endangeredlanguages.com.
In that spirit, my own current project is to create a digital World Atlas
of Endangered Alphabets, with pins corresponding to the locations of
cultures with endangered scripts.

Click on a pin, and it will identify the script in a small thumbnail. Click
on the thumbnail, and a page about that script will open up, with links
that explain the script and the culture that developed it, and lead to a
gallery, downloadable fonts and keyboards, teaching videos, printed
classroom materials, and individuals and organizations working to preserve
and revive their traditional script.

We’re currently in the design/research/fundraising phase, but if all goes
well we’ll launch on January 1, 2019—the first day of the UN-designated
Year of Indigenous Languages.

I encourage anyone on this list who is interested in the subject to get in
touch. I need all the help I can get!

Tim Brookes

The Endangered Alphabets Project

On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 9:20 AM, Harold Schiffman <haroldfs at gmail.com>
wrote:

> All,
>
> I want to start by apologiizing for the great silence on this list in
> recent days.
> While I was on vacation in the Pacific Northwest I fell and fractured my
> elbow. My arm was in a stent and I couldn't even use the fingers of my
> right hand.  Then a day after returning a piece of "scare-ware"
> overwhelmed
> my computer and I couldn't send emails!  Today a member of Geek Squad
> came and fixed things so we're back in business.
>
> First of all I want to thank those who contributed messages while I was
> gone.  I hope this will continue, which it probably will, given the stellar
> record of those contributors in the past, even if one of them is legally
> blind!
>
> But I want to suggest some other issues that I think need to be looked at.
> One is the role of maps of language.  We have a section devoted to maps
> on the home page, but I haven't seen any contributions to that page on
> this list in years.  I think the language maps ought to have a higher
> priority,
> given the fact that there are different viewpoints displayed in some maps
> of the same language group, or the same geographic area.  The collection
> we have on our home page is quite honestly a mess.
>
> Another is the role of cartoons about language, especially non-standard
> languages.  I have collected quite a few and put them on our home page.
> I'll mention the role these played in a course I taught called "Language
> and Popular Culture.
>
> More later; in the mean time, let's keep sharing!
>
> HS
>
>
>
> --
> =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+
>
>  Harold F. Schiffman
>
> Professor Emeritus of
>  Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
> Dept. of South Asia Studies
> University of Pennsylvania
> Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
>
> Phone:  (215) 898-7475
> Fax:  (215) 573-2138
>
> Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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