Dear Multilingual education friends, Some of the tribal groups in need for education in their mother tongue do not yet have a proper orthography. A new books has come out that topic: Developing Orthographies for Unwritten Languages Linguistics and Orthography · Michael Cahill & Keren Rice (Editors). 2014. Developing Orthographies for Unwritten Languages . SIL International. 276 pgs · It is available in India via flipkart and Amazon . The table of content is given below.
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Dear multilingual education friends, The value of a working orthography is often overlooked while pursuing MLE. We often focus on the educational factors and tend to overlook the linguistics. Butch Hernandez wrote an article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Spell well, read well, write well in which he writes that teacher want to develop learning material, but often struggle: The problem lies in orthography, or more specifically, the absence of one for the desired mother tongue. Orthography is actually the set of spelling and writing rules that govern a particular language. In her piece “How Spelling Supports Reading,” Louisa Moats, a literacy research and professional development expert, explains that “research has shown that learning to spell and learning to read rely on much of the same underlying knowledge—such as the relationships between letters and sounds—and, not surprisingly,