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Writing Systems
An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis

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  • Date Published: February 2005
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  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511074660
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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.

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    • Designed for course work with questions for discussion at the end of every chapter
    • Richly illustrated
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    07th Dec 2018 by ERI3121

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    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511074660
    • contains: 65 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • 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.

  • Author

    Florian Coulmas, Deutches Institüt für Japanstudien, Tokyo
    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).

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