University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

SIL colloquium will feature John M. Clifton June 23

Professor John M. Clifton will discuss “Dialects, Orthography, and Society" during the next Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) colloquium at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, in Gamble Hall, room 5.

Clifton proposes that orthography should be considered primarily a social, not linguistic, phenomenon by examining four case studies from Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh. In the situations described, orthography is used primarily as a marker of social identity.

-- Regina Blass, 777-0575,

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