An attempt to record oral languages that are considered to be on the brink of extinction by using a form of asemic writing, a seem- ingly senseless, wordless writing used by contemporary poets and artists. Graphic interpretations of the phonemes were written down with charcoal, ink or pen, carefully cut out, and bound into a book. The only remains of the languages are calligraphic outlines on blank pages of paper and their shadows projected onto the next page.
Wakchumni, United States California,
1 speaker working on a dictionary
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