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The writing systems of the world

Author: Florian Coulmas
Publisher: Oxford : Basil Blackwell, 1989
Series: Language library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is an account of the writing systems of the world from earliest times to the present. Its aim is to explore the complex ways in which writing systems relate to the language they depict.  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Florian Coulmas
ISBN: 0631180281 9780631180289
OCLC Number: 59251157
Description: 302 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. Theoretical perspectives. What writing is all about --
From icon to symbol : the general trend of evolution --
Units of speech and units of writing --
pt. II. Writing systems. Sacred characters : the theocratic script of Egypt --
From word tro syllable I : cuneiform writing --
An alternative to th alphabet : the Chinese writing system --
From word to syllable II : Chinese characters for other languages --
Semitic writing : syllables or consonants? --
The alphabet --
Writing in India --
pt. III. Practical problems. From letter to sound : deciphering written languages --
From sound to letter : creating alphabets --
Writing reform : conditions and implications --
pt. IV. Conclusion. What writing means for linguistics --
Appendix I. Ancient Near Eastern chronology --
Appendix II. Far Eastern chronology.
Series Title: Language library.
Responsibility: Florian Coulmas.

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