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Title: From IPA to wildcards: A critical look at some African Latin orthographies
Authors: Tosco, Mauro
Keywords: OrthographiesLatin scriptIPAdiacriticsdigraphs
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Mauro Tosco, "From IPA to wildcards: a critical look at some African Latin orthographies", in: Ilaria Micheli, Flavia Aiello, Maddalena Toscano, Amelia Pensabene (Edited by), "Language and Identity Theories and experiences in lexicography and linguistic policies in a global world", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2021, pp. 56-83
The article presents and discusses a few African Latin orthographies. The scope
of the work is set out in section 1, while section 2 discusses a few orthographies
featuring IPA symbols and diacritics. They were often the work of linguists and
missionaries and were conceived for mother-tongue alphabetization and in order
to translate and publish religious literature. They are scarcely useful in everyday
casual writing, and especially so on a keyboard (where only a restricted set of
symbols is to all practical purposes available). They are contrasted in section 3 with
the use of digraphs and, most of all, with “wildcards:” symbols of the Latin, basic
(unmodified) alphabet that are taken to use, often in an idiosyncratic manner, in
order to represent phonemes that do not have a direct, built-in representation. The
discussion is wrapped up in section 4, where the limits on the use of wildcards are
evidenced and the practical limitations of many African orthographies reiterated.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-5511-267-3
eISBN: 978-88-5511-268-0
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
Appears in Collections:ATrA 7. Language and Identity Theories and experiences in lexicography and linguistic policies in a global world

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