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The writing systems of the world

Author: Florian Coulmas
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York, NY, USA : B. Blackwell, 1989.
Series: Language library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Gives the general reader insight into the major writing systems of the world, both as modes of expression and as factors in contemporary social change. Challenges the linguist (and the social scientist) not to take writing for granted, but to be aware of the ways in which it conditions their work.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Florian Coulmas
ISBN: 0631165134 9780631165132 0631180281 9780631180289
OCLC Number: 18381739
Description: ix, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Theoretical Perspectives: --
1. What Writing Is All About --
2. From Icon to Symbol: The General Trend of Evolution --
3. Units of Speech and Units of Writing --
Part II. Writing Systems: --
4. Sacred Characters: The Theocratic Script of Egypt --
5. From Word to Syllable I: Cuneiform Writing --
6. An Alternative to the Alphabet: The Chinese Writing System --
7. From Word to Syllable II: Chinese Characters for other Languages --
8. Semitic Writing: Syllables or Consonants? --
9. The Alphabet --
10. Writing in India --
Part III. Practical Problems: --
11. From Letter to Sound: Deciphering Written Languages --
12. From Sound to Letter: Creating Alphabets --
13. Writing Reform: Conditions and Implications --
Part IV. Conclusion: --
14. What Writing Means for Linguistics --
Appendix I. Ancient Near Eastern Chronology --
Appendix II. Far Eastern Chronology.
Series Title: Language library.
Responsibility: Florian Coulmas.


This book describes world writing systems from earliest times to the present, tracing an apparent pattern of evolution from the iconic precursors of writing, through increasingly more stylized and  Read more...


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