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Mosuo Language Project - Stage 2: Teaching the written form

The second stage in our language project is to create solid educational programs, both for adults and children, to teach the written language. Once we've created a viable written form of the language, we will teach it to a small group of Mosuo adults, most likely teachers. After they are proficient with the written language, we will then work with them on creating textbooks.   These textbooks will be targeted both for child and adult learners. Our goal, initially, is to provide these textbooks free of charge, or at the lowest cost possible, to facilitate learning of the written language.

As this is only a pilot project, to develop a prototype form of a written language, this will not be taught as part of regular school curriculum, nor will it be available to all Mosuo. Rather, we will set up pilot projects in specific regions. For adult learners, we will have voluntary evening and weekend classes. For child learners, we will have pre-school programs to teach the basics of the written language, and supplementary evening or weekend classes once or twice a week once they've entered regular school.

It is our hope that this written language will prove popular, and gain acceptance/use by more and more Mosuo; and that, at some point in the future, it is designated as the official written language by the Chinese government. If it turns out that a different written language is eventually chosen, at least we will have helped to spur interest and demand for that, so our task still will not have been in vain. In the end, we simply want the Mosuo to be able to read and write their own language.



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photos taken by Danny Gawlowski and Josie Liming