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Introducing the Eskaya writing system: A complex Messianic script from the southern Philippines

Kelly, Piers


This paper introduces and documents the Eskaya writing system of the Philippines, developed ca. 1920–1937, and attempts to reconstruct the circumstances of its creation. Although the script is used for representing Visayan (Cebuano)—a widely used language of the southern Philippines—its privileged role is in the written reproduction of a constructed utopian language, referred to as Eskayan or Bisayan Declarado. Held to have been invented by the ancestral 'Pope Pinay', the Eskayan language and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-01-04
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Linguistics
DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2016.1109433
Access Rights: Open Access


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