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Media: Mail & Guardian Online: Nushu

Submitter: Karen Chung

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Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
Anthropological Linguistics

Media Body: Mail & Guardian online (South Africa)
07 December 2005

Mother tongue

Jon Watts

Nushu, the secret women's script of the Yao minority in China, was
widely declared extinct last year, when its most famous user, Yang Huangyi,
died aged 92. But obituaries for the world’s only gender-specific language
appear to have been premature.

Karen Chung
Issue Number: 16.3508
Date Posted: December 08, 2005