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What is TUT
TUT is a secret reading method created by black American slaves. This was done at a time when it was against the law for them to learn to read.


      "Now, after more than 250 years of secrecy, a language used by slaves to protect themselves and their families has been discovered. Gloria McIlwain's book on TUT Language is the first and only comprehensive work that covers the history of this almost extinct language. Using more than 150 cleverly designed graphics with TUT-Words, and a glossary of over 130 TUT-Words with English translation, she brings this language into the 21st Century!"
      TUT Language spells words using certain English phonics. It, also, creates breathing patterns, which allow correct tongue and lip placement to form sounds an alphabet takes when it becomes part of a word. These unique, orally passed "TUT-Words" were memorized with one's ABC's as a secret, self-taught, basic reading system.

Gloria McIlwain

Published portions of Gloria McIlwain's book, "TUT Language," are in American Speech (journal of the American Dialect Society) edited and published at Duke University, and the San Jose Mercury News. She lectures at universities, schools, conventions, and cultural events, and discusses TUT Language on television and radio programs. Nationally syndicated newspapers and online archives contain information regarding her continuing TUT Language work and research.

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