The Writing Systems of the World


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This book is an account of the writing systems of the world from earliest times to the present. Its aim is to explore the complex ways in which writing systems relate to the language they depict. Writing, Coulmas contends, is not only the guide or garment of spoken language, but has a deep and lasting effect on the development of language itself. His study takes in Egyptian hieroglyphics and the cuneiform system of the ancient Near East; he describes Chinese writing, discussing why an apparently cumbersome system has been ...

The Writing Systems of the World 1991, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780631180289

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The Writing Systems of the World 1989, Blackwell Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780631165132