Writing systems of the Yi peoples of Southwest China: past and present

The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington will be hosting a talk on “Writing systems of the Yi peoples of Southwest China: past and present” on Monday, November 14 from 12:00-1:00 pm in HUB 214. Professor Steve Harrell will talk about the magic of the Yi people’s systems for writing their own language which are not related to any other systems on earth while all other writing systems in use today are derived from the Phoenician alphabet devised in the second millennium BCE.

This illustrated talk will introduce how there systems work, the known history and the imagined prehistory of the systems, and some of the problems encountered in trying to use these systems to communicate in today’s society.

Please join us!

http://confucius.washington.edu/

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