The two that i know about -

- Tifinagh, to my understanding, is currently experiencing a revival in
Morocco as a means of teaching cultural pride but before that seemed to
be falling into disuse. I am not sure if it an official language, I
think what I read was just that it was being taught in schools - as
spanish or french is in the US. The decision to start teaching it
again is a little baffling to me, and, if i remember correctly, to a
few others on this list.

- Ethiopic is derived over the years from Ge'ez, though far enough
removed to be its own script. It is neither an alternate name or a
derogatory one. Ge'ez was used most recently in christian scripture
writing, even though it stopped being used elsewhere and in spoken
language long before, and achieved essentially the same status as the
latin language did for the western christian scriptures.


On Friday, April 2, 2004, at 03:47 AM, 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)
>       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)
> 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?
> Thanks in advance for any help.
> Ciao.
> Marco
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