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Title:Community-based orthography development in four Western Zambian languages
Abstract:Community-based orthography development engages the native speakers as custodians of the language in decisions about how it should be written. While there are various guidelines on how to go about such an activity, examples of the implementation and resulting challenges are underrepresented in the literature. This paper describes a workshop which brought together native speakers from four Bantu languages of Western Zambia to establish writing systems for their languages (Fwe, Mashi, Makoma and Kwangwa) and considers some of the linguistic and non-linguistic issues involved in initial development of writing systems.
Contributor (author):Bow, Catherine
Date (W3CDTF):2012
Description:The author describes and critiques an orthography workshop held in West Zambia and sponsored by the Seed Company. The article is concerned with orthography development methodology rather than specific results of the workshop.
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Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/53559
Extent:15 pages
Identifier (URI):http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17586801.2012.747427
Is Part Of:Writing Systems Research
Language (ISO639):eng
Subject:Fwe language
Luyana language
Mashi (Zambia) language
Simaa language
Orthography development methodology; Bantu languages
Subject (ISO639):fwe
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Bow, Catherine. 2012. Writing Systems Research.
Terms: area_Africa area_Europe country_GB country_NA country_ZM dcmi_Text iso639_eng iso639_fwe iso639_lyn iso639_mho iso639_sie

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Country: NamibiaZambia
Area: Africa

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