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Alphabets for unwritten languages

18 April 2012

As part of the research seminar series presented by the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University, Dr Paul Tench will be presenting his work on developing alphabets for unwritten languages.

The talk will take place on 25th April 2012 at 2.15pm in room 3.58 of the Humanities Building at Cardiff University.

Dr Paul Tench will explain the technique used by the charity “The Seed Company” to facilitate the development of an alphabet by the speakers of unwritten languages, with special reference to recent experience in Zambia’s remote Western Province. The linguist facilitates, but the community decides.

For more information about Paul’s work, please his video account on his work on the new Zambian alphabet: Cardiff linguist Paul Tench helps new Zambian alphabet (BBC Wales).