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Missiology and Orthography: The Unique Contribution of Christian Missionaries in Devising New Scripts journal article
Pollard Miao Alphabet - Omniglot web page
Pollard Script - Wikipedia web page
Proposal for encoding the Miao script academic paper
Script choice among the Miao in China journal article
WritingMiao - Writing Miao web page
  • A journal article on several scripts that were initially devised by Christian Missionaries.

    AuthorPeter Unseth
    DateJuly 2008
    LinkMissiology: An International Review (access through subscription only)

    Throughout history and within a number of language communities, orthographies have enabled the initial transcription of spoken languages. This paper examines the few cases in which a person from outside a language community devised a script for a previously unwritten language. In all of the cases studied, the outsiders who devised scripts for the language communities were Christian missionaries. Among the eight cases are several common factors, and in all the cases, devising something unique for the community (rather than introducing something from the missionaries' own culture) was part of a successful strategy for church planting within these groups.

  • AuthorSimon Ager
    Site nameOmniglot
    DateAccessed 8 July 2010
    LinkPollard Miao Alphabet
  • Site nameWikipedia
    DateAccessed 8 July 2010
    LinkPollard Script
  • Type
    InstitutionInternational Organization for Standardization
    DateOctober 2009
    LinkProposal for encoding the Miao script
  • Discussion of the various writing systems used by the Miao.

    AuthorJoakim Enwall
    JournalInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language

    The present article aims at analyzing script choice among the Miao in China from the perspective of sociolinguistic aspects of script choice presented by Unseth (2005). The history of script choice among the Miao in China presents a microcosm encompassing most of the relevant factors for script choice listed by Unseth, and this gives ample opportunities for studying this phenomenon in settings that share some common traits including geography, ethnic composition, historical development, and a political system. Factors explaining the relative success of the many scripts devised for various varieties of Miao are explored. The general decreasing use of Miao scripts during the last decades must also be viewed within the context of increasing assimilation and China's rapid changes.

  • AuthorS.T.Rake
    Site nameWriting Miao
    Date2010-05-18 (accessed)

    The Pollard script and its equivalent in the Romanized script.

    Sounds borrowed from Chinese

    The Romanized script and its equivalent in Pollard script.

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