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Rediscovering the Deseret Alphabet

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Department of Linguistics
UIUC Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Sep 7, 2023   3:00 pm  

Professors Ryan Shosted (Linguistics) and Neal Davis (Computer Science) will present their research on the Deseret Alphabet, a 19th-century writing system created by leaders of the Mormon Church. This phonetic alphabet may encapsulate pronunciations of English dialect that have otherwise disappeared over time. Shosted and Davis are developing a digital corpus to examine and explore these texts and their historical and cultural context. Join us in the RBML for a discussion of these texts and their historical and cultural significance, and view some rare examples of Deseret imprints! This public event is free and open to all; refreshments will be served. 

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