Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach

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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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Written in a clear and accessible style, 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 discusses systems as diverse as Chinese, Greek, and Maya. Each writing system is presented in 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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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. 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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