Writing Systems of the World
January 1991, ©1989, Wiley-Blackwell
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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.