Writing Systems A Linguistic Approach

ISBN-10: 0631234640
ISBN-13: 9780631234647
Edition: 2004
Authors: Henry Rogers
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List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/2/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Providing detailed coverage of all major writing systems of historical or structural significance, this work contains a thorough discussion of structure, history and social context as well as important theoretical issues.

Acknowledgments
A Note on Dates
Introduction
The Importance of Writing
Definition of Writing
Aspects of Writing
Creation and history of writing
Relationship of writing to language
Internal structure of writing
Sociolinguistics of writing
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
Theoretical Preliminaries
Internal Structure
Arrangement of symbols
Graphemes and allographs
Free and bound graphemes
Ligatures
Relationship to Language
Phonographic writing systems
Morphographic writing systems
Non-segmental graphemic elements
Unit discrepancies
Contrastive discrepancies
Diglossia
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
Chinese
Background, History, and Sociolinguistics
The language of written Chinese
Civil service examinations
Phonology of Modern Standard Chinese
Romanization
Relationship of Language and Writing in Chinese
What linguistic units do characters represent?
Homophony
Origin and Structure of Chinese Characters
Early Chinese writing
Reconstructing the early pronunciation of Chinese
How characters were formed
Traditional analysis of characters
Semantic-phonetic compounds
Semantic-semantic compounds
Some examples of characters with a complex history
Writing borrowed words
Dialect characters
Structure of Chinese Characters
The shapes of characters
Complex numerals
How characters are written
Writing direction and punctuation
Calligraphy
Ordering characters
How Many Characters Does Chinese Have?
Frequency of types of characters
Recent Reforms
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese
Japanese
Background and history
Relevant structure of Japanese
Borrowing a writing system
Japanese writing
Writing reform in Japan
Psychology of writing in Japanese
Korean
Background and history
Korean lexicon
Phonology of Korean
Hankul
Structure of hankul
Hanca
Vietnamese
Background and history
Chu nom
Quoc ngu
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
Cuneiform
Background and History
Sumerian
Akkadian
Tokens and the Invention of Writing
Materials of Writing
Social Context of Cuneiform Writing
An Early Sumerian Tablet from Uruk
Internal Structure of Cuneiform
Development of symbols
Relationship to language
Example Text
Other Cuneiform Writing
Ugaritic
Old Persian
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
Egyptian
Language Family
Background and History
Phonology of Old Egyptian
Origin of Egyptian Writing
Styles of Writing
Social Context of Writing
Materials
Literature
Scribes and literacy
Structure of Egyptian Writing
Phonographic writing
Phonological complements
Morphographic writing
Semantic complements
Internal structure of Egyptian writing
Example Text
Decipherment
Further Reading
Terms
Exercise
Semitic
The Semitic Language Family
Origin of the Semitic Abjad
Development of the Semitic Abjad
Southern West Semitic
Phoenician
Aramaic
Hebrew
Background and history
Phonology of Tiberian Hebrew
Hebrew abjad
Hebrew vowels
Reading the Bible
Other languages written with the Hebrew script
Arabic
Background and history
Phonology of Modern Standard Arabic
Arabic abjad
Vowels and diphthongs
Hamzah
Other symbols
Numerals
The Ethiopic Abugida
The Distinctiveness of Abjads
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
The Greek Alphabet
Background and History
Greek Scripts before the Alphabet
Linear B
Other early Greek scripts
Development of the Greek Alphabet
Abjad to Alphabet
The Relationship of Language and Writing in Greek
Scripts Derived from the Greek Alphabet
Coptic
Gothic
Armenian
Georgian
Slavic
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
The Roman Alphabet
From Greece to Italy
Etruscan
Latin
Background and history
The phonology of Latin
The Roman Alphabet
Examples of Roman Writing
Later History of the Roman Alphabet
Orthographic Depth: Two Examples
Finnish: A shallow orthography
Scots Gaelic: A deep orthography
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
English
Background and History
Old English
Middle English
Modern English
Orthographic dialect variation
Creative spelling
Spelling and Sound Changes
Spelling Reform
The nature of reform
Problems with spelling reform
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
The Indian Abugida and Other Asian Phonographic Writing
Background and History
Indus Valley Writing
Decipherment of the Indus script
The language of the Indus writing
Brahmi and Kharosthi
Asokan inscriptions
The scripts
Origin of Kharosthi and Brahmi
Later development of Brahmi
Devanagari as Applied to Sanskrit
Sanskrit phonology
Devanagari writing system
Southeast Asian Writing
The Tibetan Abugida
Tibetan phonemic inventory
The Tibetan abugida
Complex orthographic syllables
The 'Phags-pa Script
The Mongolian and Manchu Alphabets
Mongolian
Manchu
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
Maya
Background and History
Structure of the Maya Writing System
Internal structure
Relation to language
The Maya Calendar
Example Text
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
Other Writing Systems
Cherokee
Background and history
Phonology of Cherokee
The Cherokee script
Cree
Background and history
Phonology of Cree
Structure of the Cree writing system
Inuktitut
Background and history
The modern Inuktitut script
Runic
Background and history
Proto-Scandinavian phonology
The runic alphabets
Mysticism and magic
Ogham
Background and history
The ogham alphabet
Example text
Pahawh Hmong
Background and history
Phonology of Hmong
Structure of Pahawh Hmong script
Bliss
Charles Bliss and the origin of Bliss symbols
Bliss symbols as an augmentative communication system
The structure of Bliss symbols
Sentences in Bliss
Further Reading
Terms
Exercises
Classification of Writing Systems
Phonetic, Semantic, and Glottographic Writing
Glottographic Writing
Note: Amount of Morphography and Orthographic Depth
Gelb's Unilinear Theory of Development
Syllabic versus Moraic
Korean Hankul as a Featural System
Conclusion
Further Reading
Terms
Some Basic Linguistic Terms
The International Phonetic Alphabet
English Transcription
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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