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Unformatted text preview: 11/7/2009 1 Language and Culture Anthropology 2245 1 Homework 5 • Read “Spelling Shinzwani: Dictionary Construction and Orthographic Choice in the Comoro Islands” – Workbook pg 108-117 • Summarize the article in 25o words noting the important points addressed – Please note the number of words in your summary at the end • Answer questions 7.1 – Workbook pg 119-120 • Submit at the beginning of next class, Nov 16, 2009 • Please remember to write/type them on a separate page, not in your workbook • Make sure your name is on it and that you submit your own work 2 Writing and Literacy • Just like the fact that sound combinations creating words are arbitrary, visual signs and symbols are for the most part arbitrary too 3 Writing systems • Writing systems are also arbitrary – Different ‘letters’ can represent the same sounds – Different sounds can be represented by the same characters 4 Writing systems • You need to know what language you are reading in order to know how to interpret the symbols 5 What is writing?...
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