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From: "Don Osborn" <dzo@xxxxxx>
To: qalam @ yahoogroups . com
Subject: Fw: [AfricanLanguages] N'ko
Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 22:26:35 +0200

The N'ko script, and the movement that is spreading its use is an interesting case of a grassroots movement in Africa that is also taking advantage of ICT. A couple of things bring it back to my attention this week, including Michael Everson's work helping the N'ko Unicode proposal, the link for which (see below) I accessed through the Script Encoding Initiative site at UC-Berkeley - http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~dwanders/(approve sites)

The Fakoli.net site (link below) has links to pages that show and explain the alphabet, its origins, etc.

Don Osborn Bisharat.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Osborn" <dzo@xxxxxx>
To: <AfricanLanguages @ yahoogroups . com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 10:49 PM
Subject: [AfricanLanguages] N'ko

N'ko* is an alphabet designed originally for the Mande (or Manding) languages of West Africa (Malinké, Mandingo, Bambara, Jula) by Souleyman Kanté in the 1940s. It is also an active literacy and cultural movement. Links for more information are at: http://www.fakoli.net/NKo%20Ressources.htm(approve sites)

I bring this up now for two reasons. First I've been in touch recently with someone regarding a project who, as it turns out, is also doing work on web-based language instruction modules for N'ko.

The second reason is that I just heard more news of the progress of encoding N'ko for Unicode/ISO-10646. The proposal shown at http://www.evertype.com/standards/iso10646/pdf/nko.pdf(approve sites) won't tell you much, but the fact it's this far now towards inclusion in the Unicode standard is worth noting.

Don Osborn
Bisharat.net

* N'ko literally means I say. Sometimes you will see the script name written Nko.


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