A special post with some thoughts on writing down indigenous languages, and the disappearance of languages in the modern and ancient worlds (with a digression on ancient Cyprus). It is vital that in trying to save modern indigenous languages from being lost, we take account of the local customs with which they are associated. Language vitality is closely interlinked with social and cultural context.
This is a post by the project director (Dr Pippa Steele) of the project Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS), based at the University of Cambridge. CREWS has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 677758).
- Category: literacy
- Thematic area: Cultural and Linguistic Continuity
- Call topics: Intergenerational transmission
- Major objective: Focus attention on the critical risks confronting indigenous languages
- Area of intervention: Creation of favourable conditions for knowledge-sharing and dissemination of good practices with regard to indigenous languages