Miz Daisy Cutter (ms_daisy_cutter) wrote in linguaphiles,
Miz Daisy Cutter

Links of interest: Ajami, and interactive language maps of the U.S.

The Boston Sunday Globe ran an article on Ajami, a modified Arabic script used for writing various African languages. The reporter interviewed linguistics professor Fallou Ngom of Boston University, whose discovery of a debt recorded in Ajami by his "illiterate" father prompted him to switch his focus from French to African languages.

Also, the Modern Language Association has interactive maps of language use in the United States. Note that this data comes from the 2000 Census, so hopefully it will be updated by the end of this year. (Via Sociological Images.)

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