Orthography as social practice: Is there a role for the linguist?

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Date:
2013
Extent:
pages 189-190
Abstract:
If orthography is a social practice, the role of the local community is paramount in its development. The orthography will signal how the community sees itself vis-à-vis other groups. It will reflect who will be using it and for what. There is, however, also a role for the linguist. The linguist can see non-salient aspects of the orthography that are not apparent to users. By working together, the community and the linguist can resolve issues that neither can resolve alone. In addition, by focusing on a concrete orthography rather than an abstract phonological analysis, the linguist can make it possible for the community to participate in a broader range of activities involved in orthography development.
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Bangladesh
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Subject:
social practice
Orthography
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Relation Text:
Mary Jane Norris, Erik Anonby, Marie-Odile Junker, Nicholas Ostler, Donna Patrick, eds., Endangered languages beyond boundaries: community connections, collaborative approaches and cross-disciplinary research = Langues en péril au delà frontières: conn
Entry Number:
60610