34: Endangered Alphabets

As language professionals we hear a lot about the dangers of disappearing languages. But what about writing systems? What happens to a culture when new generations can’t read its ancestral alphabet? Join us for a fascinating—and unscripted—conversation with Tim Brooks, founder of the Endangered Alphabet Project. 

Globally Speaking Radio, sponsored by RWS and Nimdzi Insights.

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Endangered Alphabets


Tim Brooks has written sixteen books, specializing in a combination of personal experience and accurate research. He’s been a commentator/essayist for National Public Radio since 1989, and he’s also been published in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, National Geographic and dozens of other publications. All this experience and all these interests culminated in the creation of the Endangered Alphabets Project, an attempt to address the issue of global cultural endangerment by carving artwork (and creating educational materials) in nearly-extinct writing systems.


Renato Beninatto

Renato Beninatto

CEO of Nimdzi Insights LLC

Renato Beninatto is the co-author of The General Theory of the Translation Company and leads Nimdzi Insights, a think-tank and consulting company that focuses on growth strategies for localization leaders. A former owner of an LSP, an executive in some of the leading companies in the industry and a linguist in his own right, this Brazilian-Italian-American citizen can’t shut up in Portuguese, English, Italian, French or Spanish.

Michael W. Stevens

Michael W. Stevens

Vice President Americas, CC of Translated

Michael has over 10 years of experience in the localization and IT industries. A well-networked entrepreneur, Michael’s main interest is in connecting and bringing people together. He not only enjoys learning about a company’s exciting ideas and developments, he also has a keen ability to add value—and fire—to new and innovative thinking.


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