Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach / Edition 1

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"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. The book examines systems as diverse as Chinese, Greek, and Maya and each writing system is presented in the light of four major aspects of writing: history and development; internal structure; the relationship of writing and language; and sociolinguistic factors." The volume is extensively illustrated and the glossary of technical terms, exercises, and further reading suggestions that accompany each chapter make Writing Systems a valuable resource for students in linguistics and anthropology.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Theoretical preliminaries 9
3 Chinese 20
4 Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese 50
5 Cuneiform 79
6 Egyptian 97
7 Semitic 115
8 The Greek alphabet 145
9 The Roman alphabet 170
10 English 185
11 The Indian Abugida and other Asian phonographic writing 199
12 Maya 233
13 Other writing systems 247
14 Classification of writing systems 269
App A Some basic linguistic terms 280
App B The international phonetic alphabetic 285
App C English transcription 287
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