Publisher description for Writing systems : an introduction to their linguistic analysis / Florian Coulmas.


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Counter 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.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Writing, Written communication