This post is specially written for Global Language Advocacy Day2023 (#GLAD23), an international day highlighting the importance and diversity of languages across the world. This year’s theme is “Language rights save lives” – in both literal and metaphorical senses.
One important strand of the VIEWS project involves using our research on early writing systems to help us understand why some traditions flourish while others die out – which has important ramifications for the modern day, where many of the world’s minority writing systems are in danger of being lost (as highlighted by our partners the Endangered Alphabets Red List project). This is what underpins our efforts to put together the VIEWS Endangered Writing Network, to contribute to protecting and/or revitalising such traditions.
There are many facets to this ongoing research, and the one I want to focus on today is the link between writing and language. As…
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