Launched in February 2019, the Atlas of Endangered Alphabets is a fascinating project that anyone curious about written languages can enjoy and learn from. Visitors to the atlas can browse dozens of writing systems by their place of origin via the interactive map on the front page or by name under the alphabets tab. While many of the languages represented in the atlas are spoken today, their written forms may have declined in use (such as the Baybayin script in the Philippines) or have only recently been developed (such as the Ditema tsa Dinoko script in sub-Saharan Africa). Each language has its own page with images, a contextual profile, and links to additional resources. The atlas is part of the broader Endangered Alphabets Project, which since 2009 has aimed to "preserv[e] endangered cultures by using their writing systems to create artwork and educational materials" and bases its vision on Article 13 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Coincidentally, the UN has proclaimed 2019 to be the Year of Indigenous Languages. A nonprofit based in Vermont, the Endangered Alphabets Project is led by its founder Tim Brookes, a professor of writing at Champlain College.
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