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Title: Writing Systems: An Introduction to their Linguistic Analysis
Author: Coulmas, Florian
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2002
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521782173
Volumes: 1; Pages: 290
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The problem of reducing language to writing and conversely that of interpreting written signs as language has been resolved through the development of different writing systems. This illustrated textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world (from cuneiform to English spelling) and analyzes their structure and function. It includes a review of the history of writing and a discussion of the literate mind and society.Contents1. What is writing?2. The basic options: meaning and sound3. Signs of words4. Signs of syllables5. Signs of segments6. Consonants and vowels7. Vowel incorporation8. Analysis and interpretation9. Mixed systems10. History of writing11. Psycholinguistics of writing12. Sociolinguistics of writingAppendix: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1.