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ERIC Number: ED102870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 5
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Writing in the Eskimo Classroom. Cahiers linguistiques d'Ottawa (Ottawa Linguistics Papers), Vol. 7, No. 3.
Hofmann, T. R.
There are several practical reasons for preferring syllabic writing in teaching the Eskimo language to non-Eskimos: (1) the use of syllabic writing avoids the Roman letters t, l, n, s, g, and r, which stimulate the pronunciation habits of French or English; (2) syllabic writing is well-suited to Eskimo because of its small number of vowels; (3) Eskimo is easier to read when written in syllabic, and much of the Eskimo literature available is written in syllabic; (4) syllabic writing guards against one of the misuses of writing in the language class, discussion of word structure. The most popular variety of syllabic writing for Eskimo does not have a distinct symbol for each sound and does not seem to work well in teaching the language. Another system--an extended variety--uses combinations of symbols to represent simple sounds. The combinations, however, are sometimes ambiguous. An artificial teaching alphabet for Eskimo is now in use at the University of Ottawa. It is syllabic, similar to the extended type of writing, and eliminates the problems of the other syllabic systems. The symbols of the teaching alphabet are given here. (PMP)
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: Ottawa Univ. (Ontario).