The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.01.27

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The alphabets at risk of extinction. Via BBC:

But while many have focused on the spoken word, how different cultures write is often ignored. This might have something to do with the artificiality of alphabets. Language is innate to all humans, but scripts have to be invented and actively learned. This has happened rarely. Even by the middle of the 19th Century, only 10% of adults knew how to write, and there are only about 140 scripts in use today.

To put it another way, suggests founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project Tim Brookes, writing can feel less vital to humanity than speaking. “Linguistics emerged with a very strong brief that said writing is an accidental byproduct of language, and the study of spoken language is really what linguistics is about,” explains Brookes, who also heads up the Alphabet of Endangered Alphabets, an interactive database of endangered scripts.

Linguists agree. “Endangered alphabets and scripts just haven’t been brought to people’s attention in the same way as languages,” says Sheena Shah, a specialist in endangered languages at London’s SOAS.

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Start to Learn the Names. If you are into baseball, head coach Tim Tadlock goes into great detail about the status of the team, going position by position. It is typical Tadlock, and with baseball season right around the corner, you’ll need to learn some of new names.

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Junior Day. This past weekend was Junior Day, which is where the football staff invites a bunch of juniors who will be seniors next year for what’s called “Junior Day”. It’s pretty amazing that Texas Tech has a fantastic basketball team and a fantastic environment to show off (there are few programs in the country that can offer that). RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan has reactions from a bunch of the visitors (At the time I linked this article, it was free and it now appears to be under the subscription. I don’t know if that will change, but you may find this behind the paywall. If it is, most of the players went to the basketball game and thought it was wild.). I don’t follow recruiting all that close, at least not until a player actually commits, but this should at some point result in some positive movement in the 2021 recruiting aspect.

Kingsbury Leaves a Ticket for Whitehouse Head Coach. In a nice move, this is a letter from Adam Cook, who I think might be the Whitehouse athletic director right now, but was at some point the head coach of Patrick Mahomes. Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has apparently left a ticket for Adam to go to the Super Bowl and his his high school prodigy play on Sunday. Pretty cool. The story goes that it was Trey Haverty that found Mahomes and I’m guessing that once Kingsbury saw that arm, that’s all he needed to see.


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