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Writing Systems: An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

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The problem of reducing language to writing and conversely that of interpreting written signs as language has been resolved through the development of different writing systems. This illustrated textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world (from cuneiform to English spelling) and analyzes their structure and function. It includes a review of the history of writing and a discussion of the literate mind and society.

Synopsis:

This richly illustrated textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world - from cuneiform to English spelling - explaining their structural makeup and how they work. It also includes a review of the history of writing and a discussion of the literate mind and the literate society.

Synopsis:

During its long history the problem of reducing language to writing, and conversely that of interpreting written signs as language, has found a variety of solutions which still exist in the form of different writing systems. This richly illustrated textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world from cuneiform to English spelling--explaining their structural makeup and how they work. It also includes a review of the history of writing and a discussion of the literate mind and the literate society.

Synopsis:

'This textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world - from cuneiform to English spelling.'

Synopsis:

This textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world - from cuneiform to English spelling.

About the Author

Florian Coulmas is Professor of Japanese Studies at Gerhard Mercator University, Duisburg. He has published several works on writing and written language including The Encyclopedia of Writing Systems (1996) and The Writing Systems of the World (1989).

Table of Contents

1. What is writing?; 2. The basic options: meaning and sound; 3. Signs of words; 4. Signs of syllables; 5. Signs of segments; 6. Consonants and vowels; 7. Vowel incorporation; 8. Analysis and interpretation; 9. Mixed systems; 10. History of writing; 11. Psycholinguistics of writing; 12. Sociolinguistics of writing; Appendix: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521787376
Author:
Coulmas, Florian
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Editor:
Anderson, S. R.
Editor:
Bresnan, J.
Author:
Anderson, S. R.
Author:
Comrie, B.
Author:
Dressler, W.
Author:
Ewen, C. J.
Author:
Bresnan, J.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Writing
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Alphabet
Subject:
Written communication
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Alphabets & Writing Systems
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
65 tables
Pages:
292
Dimensions:
8.96x6.28x.71 in. 1.05 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This richly illustrated textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world - from cuneiform to English spelling - explaining their structural makeup and how they work. It also includes a review of the history of writing and a discussion of the literate mind and the literate society.
"Synopsis" by , During its long history the problem of reducing language to writing, and conversely that of interpreting written signs as language, has found a variety of solutions which still exist in the form of different writing systems. This richly illustrated textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world from cuneiform to English spelling--explaining their structural makeup and how they work. It also includes a review of the history of writing and a discussion of the literate mind and the literate society.
"Synopsis" by , 'This textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world - from cuneiform to English spelling.'
"Synopsis" by , This textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world - from cuneiform to English spelling.
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