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Writing Systems: An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) Paperback – December 23, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0521787376 ISBN-10: 0521787378

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521787378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521787376
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,775,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

During its long history the problem of reducing language to writing, and conversely that of interpreting written signs as language, has found a variety of solutions which still exist in the form of different writing systems. This richly illustrated textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world from cuneiform to English spelling--explaining their structural makeup and how they work. It also includes a review of the history of writing and a discussion of the literate mind and the literate society.

About the Author

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.Temen.Ni.Guru on March 11, 2011
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I purchased this with the desire for a thorough introduction to the discipline, and while it does this decently, I found the focus a bit too meandering in its flighty jumps from written language to written language. Perhaps some will prefer this way, using the languages themselves as examples; however, I must depart by thinking that a more thorough introduction would have made the examples more substantial.
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