Writing Systems of the World

ISBN-10: 0631180281
ISBN-13: 9780631180289
Edition: 1989
Authors: Florian Coulmas
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Book details

List price: $67.95
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/8/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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. Writing, Coulmas contends, is not only the guide or garment of spoken language, but has a deep and lasting effect on the development of language itself. His study takes in Egyptian hieroglyphics and the cuneiform system of the ancient Near East; he describes Chinese writing, discussing why an apparently cumbersome system has been used continuously for more than 3,000 years; he ranges across the writing systems of western Asia and the Middle East, the Indian families and the various alphabetic traditions which had its origins in the multifarious world of Semitic writing and came to full bloom in pre-Classical Greece.

reface
Theoretical Perspectives
What Writing Is All About
From Icon to Symbol: The General Trend of Evolution
Units of Speech and Units of Writing
Writing Systems
Sacred Characters: The Theocratic Script of Egypt
From Word to Syllable I: Cuneiform Writing
An Alternative to the Alphabet: The Chinese Writing System
From Word to Syllable II: Chinese Characters for other Languages
Semitic Writing: Syllables or Consonants?
The Alphabet.0
Writing in India
Practical Problems
From Letter to Sound: Deciphering Written Languages
From Sound to Letter: Creating Alphabets
Writing Reform: Conditions and Implications
Conclusion
What Writing Means for Linguistics
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Ancient Near Eastern Chronology
Far Eastern Chronology
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