Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cia-Cia adopts Hangul to preserve spoken language

This article (via Aspiring Polyglot) tells us how the Cia-Cia, a minority ethnic group in Indonesia, have adopted Hangul to write their language down for the fist time.

I'd've probably went with the most widely used alphabetic writing system in the world today—the Latin alphabet—that's been happily applied to languages from Turkish to Vietnamese to Indonesian to the vast majority of Polynesian, Amerindian, and African languages. Not only would that have facilitated them learning Latin-based languages (including all of those in Indonesia), it would have also facilitated others understanding their language. Now everyone's gotta jump through the hangul hoop before that happens.

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