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Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach

ISBN: 978-0-631-23463-0
344 pages
July 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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Accessibly written, Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach provides detailed coverage of all major writing systems of historical or structural significance with thorough discussion of structure, history, and social context as well as important theoretical issues. Discusses systems as diverse as Chinese, Greek, and Maya.

  • Presents each system in light of four major aspects of writing: history and development, internal structure, the relationship of writing and language, and sociolinguistic aspects.
  • Includes glossary of technical terms, extensive illustrations, exercises and further reading suggestions to aid in teaching from the book.
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1. Introduction.

2. Theoretical Preliminaries.

3. Chinese.

4. Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese.

5. Cuneiform.

6. Egyptian.

7. Semitic.

8. The Greek Alphabet.

9. The Roman Alphabet.

10. English.

11. The Indian Abugida And Other Asian Phonographic Writing.

12. Maya.

13. Other Writing Systems.

14. Classification Of Writing Systems.

Appendix A: Some Basic Linguistic Notions.

Appendix B: The International Phonetic Alphabet.

Appendix C. English Transcription.

Appendix D: Glossary.

Bibliography
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Henry Rogers is Professor in the Departments of Linguistics and Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is author of Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics (2000) and Theoretical and Practical Phonetics (1990), and has published widely on both phonetics and writing systems.
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  • Provides detailed coverage of all major writing systems of historical or structural significance with thorough discussion of structure, history and social context as well as important theoretical issues.
  • Discusses systems as diverse as Chinese, Greek, and Maya.
  • Presents each system in light of four major aspects of writing: history and development, internal structure, the relationship of writing and language, and sociolinguistic aspects.
  • Includes glossary of technical terms, extensive illustrations, exercises and further reading suggestions to aid in teaching from the book.
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"The author and publishers can be congratulated on an excellent work; if I were teaching a class on writing systems now, this would be my first choice as a textbook."
--William Bright, review in Written Language and Literacy

"This is an excellent comprehensive textbook for university courses on writing systems (grammatology), with enough preliminary remarks of a theoretical nature to enable the student to master the scripts from around the world, including cuneiform of various types, Semitic, Greek, Roman, etc. It is written in a clear style with a very good glossary and up-to-date bibliography."
--Alan S. Kaye, California State University, Fullerton

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