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Script Invention and Revitalization in Eastern and Northeastern India since 1950
The Library of Congress series “Endangered Alphabets and Why We Write” will offer three webinars, or virtual lectures, each of which focuses on a different and linguistically diverse area of the world. In this second lecture, Tim Brookes looks at the recent history of two areas of India—the eastern and northeastern regions—that have seen vibrant movements to create or recreate writing systems for languages like Santali and Sora. These efforts by communities who speak these languages provide alternatives to external pressures to render languages in dominant scripts like Devanagari and the roman alphabet.

Apr 14, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tim Brookes
Tim Brookes is a world authority on endangered writing systems. For nearly a decade, Tim has led the nonprofit Endangered Alphabets Project in the creation of a range of educational materials in a number of minority and indigenous languages. In 2019, he launched the Atlas of Endangered Alphabets as the first online resource with curated information on nearly 100 endangered writing systems. Tim’s carvings in endangered scripts have been featured in exhibitions around the world.