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A Typeface for Endangered Languages

When Thu 05 Sep 1530
Where Innovation Hall
What English
Who Yuka Hayashi, Shinji Ogawa, Hiroto Ueda, Masahiro Yamada
This talk looks at Shima Shotai as an example of linguistic and cultural preservation. Shima Shotai is a typeface designed for the indigenous languages of Ryukyu (i.e., Okinawa), which are losing speakers and in fact face extinction. The typeface follows the unified writing system for the Ryukyuan languages and supports more letters and diacritics than what is considered necessary for standard Japanese. It was designed to aid education and communication in speakers’ native languages, especially on digital devices, in order to prevent the languages from being left behind in the digital divide. The talk will also discuss and demonstrate workarounds for the standard keyboard layout, input methods using ligatures, and use cases.

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