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Marma alphabetic characters

Letters of Men– Marma, an Endangered Alphabet

Carving is the opposite of twitter and Instagram—it is a slow, thoughtful, and ancient process. This is the process that Tim Brookes uses to fashion the characters that make up endangered languages. His painstaking memorialization of these alphabets reminds us that language is much more than words. It is wisdom, […]

Illustrated Children’s Dictionary using Endangered Languages

An illustrated book invites children to learn. An illustrated dictionary invites children to love language—and children who speak endangered languages often don’t have any books in their mother tongue at all, and certainly no dictionaries designed for children. Tim Brookes of The Endangered Alphabets Project and his students at Champlain […]

Endangered Alphabets Kickstarter from Language Log at UPENN

Eric Baković  from UPENN, writes about Tim Brookes’ Endangered Alphabets project its second Kickstarter project, Endangered Alphabets II: Saving Languages in Bangladesh. You can follow the links to find out more; copied below is the text from the Kickstarter page, with images provided by Tim Brookes and Hailey Neal. If you feel moved to pledge […]

Maung Nyeu is helping his people put their language and stories on record

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — The first-grader was still crying when he came home, an hour’s walk from school, his hands smarting from two days of being smacked with a cane. “You must go back,” his parents said in Marma, their native language. Since the government had begun trucking tens of thousands […]

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day “February 21 is the United Nations’ International Mother Language Day, which this year emphasizes the importance of appropriate languages of instruction, usually mother tongues, in early years of schooling. It facilitates access to education – while promoting fairness – for population groups that speak minority and indigenous […]