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The Caroline Islands Script

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Title: The Caroline Islands Script
Authors: De Voogt, Alexander J.
Keywords: Micronesia - Federated States of Micronesia
LC Subject Headings: Caroline Islands--Federated States of Micronesia.
Palau(Caroline Islands)--Micronesia.
Issue Date: 1993
Abstract: This thesis maintains that the Caroline Islands script has been unjustly dismissed as a preferable orthography for the Woleaian language. The reason for this dismissal were twofold: (l) the researchers compared the script with an inaccurate tentative orthography by Smith (1951) and (2) there are still many misconceptions about syllabaries in general. However, this thesis seeks to show that the script should be preferred to introduced Roman alphabets for the Woleaian language, since (l) it strengthens cultural practices, (2) enforces indigenous forms of education and (3) adds to cultural pride, whereas schooling with conventional Roman alphabet orthographies tend to influence these factors negatively.

Three syllabaries, the Yi, the Vai and the Cherokee syllabary, with histories similar to the Caroline Islands script support the thesis that the script should be preferred for cultural reasons. These official printed syllabaries demonstrate that political support is needed to revive the Caroline Islands script and restore it as an official orthography.
Description: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1993
Pacific Islands Studies
Pages/Duration: x, 64 leaves
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections:M.A. - Pacific Islands Studies
Pacific Islands Studies Plan A Masters Theses

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