Harris Mowbray (/hæ.ɹɪs moʊbreɪ/; born 1999) is an amateur linguist and programmer from the United States. He is notable for creating several proposals to encode minority languages around the world in Braille, such as the Gagauz language[1] and the Sorbian language.[2][3][4] He was widely featured in Polish press for his Kashubian Braille proposal.[5][6][7][8] His Braille alphabets' proposals have been accepted for the Livonian language, Fulani language,[9] and Lakota language. He also created a manual alphabet (sign language alphabet) for the Fulani language, based on the Adlam script.[9] In March 2021, Harris Mowbray prepared a Braille proposal for two official languages of the US Northern Mariana Islands, Chamorro and Carolinian[10][11] In mid-2021, the Udi community of Azerbaijan accepted his proposal for Braille in their language.[12]

In late 2021, Harris developed Braille for the First Nations language Smalgyax spoken in northern British Columbia,[13] the Elfdalian language,[14] and the Rusyn language.[15]

By early 2022, Harris had collaborated with the World Uyghur Congress to create Braille for the Uyghur language with the support of other researchers.[16] He also worked with the Khoekhoegowab speaking community of Namibia to develop Braille for their language's orthography.[17]

Harris attended American University in Washington DC.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Студент из США бесплатно перевел гагаузский алфавит на шрифт Брайля. Рассказываем его историю". January 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "Nowostka za slepych: Serbske Braille pismo | MDR.DE". www.mdr.de.
  3. ^ "Serbski alfabet za slepych wuwił". www.serbske-nowiny.de.
  4. ^ "Powěsće: sobotu, 16.01.2021 | MDR.DE". www.mdr.de.
  5. ^ "Kaszubski dla niewidomych". Oficjalny serwis internetowy miasta Gdynia.
  6. ^ "Wyborcza.pl". trojmiasto.wyborcza.pl.
  7. ^ "Amerykanin chce pomóc niewidomym Kaszubom". trojmiasto.pl. March 10, 2021.
  8. ^ "Alfabet Braille'a dla Kaszubów - Wiadomości radio-plus-polska * radioplus.pl". www.radioplus.pl.
  9. ^ a b "𞤇𞤀𞤛𞤚𞤀𞤂 𞤉 𞤀𞤁𞤂𞤀𞤃". February 7, 2021.
  10. ^ "In brief: News from around the Pacific". RNZ. March 12, 2021.
  11. ^ "Student creates Chamorro-Carolinian Braille system". Saipan Tribune. March 10, 2021.
  12. ^ "Студент из США Harris Mowbray перевел на шрифт Брайля удинский алфавит. — АЛБАНО-УДИНСКАЯ ХРИСТИАНСКАЯ ОБЩИНА".
  13. ^ "American linguist develops braille alphabet for traditional dialect of the Ts'msyen people".
  14. ^ "Harris Mowbray i USA översätter älvdalska till punktskrift".
  15. ^ "Announcing a Braille Alphabet". rusynsociety.com. Society for Rusyn Evolution. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  16. ^ "US student invents Braille system for visually impaired Uyghurs".
  17. ^ "American undergraduate student based in Washington DC develops Braille in KhoeKhoegowab".
  18. ^ "Amerykanin stworzył alfabet Braille'a dla Kaszubów - GazetaKaszubska.pl". 15 March 2021.