Marco Cimarosti wrote:
> Dear Qalamites,
> I am trying to find out whether the following writing systems still in
> current use. Beside each script, in parentheses, is my current understanding
> of the usage status of the script. Please correct me!
> 1 Tifinagh (still used; recently acquired official status in
> Morocco)
> 2 Tagbanwa (still used in Palawan, Philippines)
> 3 Buhid (still used in Mindoro, Philippines)
> 4 Tagalog (not used anymore: Tagalog is now written in Latin script)
> 5 Buginese (not used anymore. BTW, is it "Bugi*s*nese?)
> 6 Osmanya (never really caught on: Somali is written in Latin
> script)
> 7 Cherokee (not used anymore: Cherokee is now written in Latin
> script)

Of course it's still used! Cherokee is one of the few Native American
languages that may not be endangered, and Cherokee literacy is a proud
attribute of the nation.

> 8 Deseret or Mormon (never really caught on: the script is not even
> used in liturgy anymore)
> 9 Bopomofo (not used anymore: Taiwan officially adopted pinyin for
> transcribing hanzi phonetically)

Taiwan adopted pinyin???? When did that happen?

> I also have a different question about the Ethiopic script: is "Ethiopic"
> still the preferred name for the script, even after the independence of
> Eritrea? Do alternate names such as "Fidel" or "Ge'ez" have any derogatory
> or discriminatory nuance?

Why would Eritrean independence change the English name for the script?
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...