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Title:A YaneshaŹ¼ alphabet for the electronic age
Contributor (author):Wise, Mary Ruth
Date (W3CDTF):2014
Description:Chapter 9 of "Developing Orthographies for Unwritten Languages," Publications in Language Use and Education 6. Some chapters of this book were presented as papers at the LSA Symposium in 2011.
This case study of alphabet development, use and change through nearly six decades summarizes the phonological properties of Yanesha' (an Arawakan language spoken in Peru) that challenge alphabet makers. It also sketches the history of Yanesha' alphabet decisions, as well as the history of formal and informal literacy programs and literature production in Yanesha'. Finally, it recounts the recent decision-making process for the revised Yanesha' alphabet, in which Yanesha' bilingual teachers and community leaders were the chief players. The resulting official alphabet enables the Yanesha' to produce their own school texts and literature using any computer with a Spanish keyboard.
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/56606
Extent:Pages 191-209
Is Part Of:Northern Perspective
Language (ISO639):eng
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):PE
Subject:Yanesha' language
Alphabet development; Orthography development; Writing system design; Case study
Subject (ISO639):ame
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Wise, Mary Ruth. 2014. Northern Perspective.
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Country: Peru
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