The world's writing systems / edited by Peter T. Daniels and William Bright.

Published
  • New York : Oxford University Press 1996
Physical description
xlv, 920 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
  • 0195079930
Local notes
Notes
  • Includes bibliographic references and index
Contents
  • pt. 1. Grammatology. The study of writing systems -- pt. 2. Ancient Near Eastern writing systems. The first civilizations -- Mesopotamian cuneiform -- Egyptian writing -- The Meriotic script -- Epigraphic Semitic scripts -- The Iberian scripts -- The Berber scripts -- Anatolian hieroglyphs -- Aegean scripts -- Old Persian cuneiform -- pt. 3. Decipherment. Methods of decipherment -- The Proto-Elamite script -- The Indus script -- Maya and other Mesoamerican scripts -- Rongorongo of Easter Island -- pt. 4. East Asian writing systems. Early Chinese writing -- Modern Chinese writing -- Japanese writing -- Korean writing -- Siniform scripts of inner Asia : Tangut ; Kian and Jurchin -- The Yi script -- Asian calligraphy -- Comparative table of Sinitic characters -- pt. 5. European writing systems. Transmission of thee Phoenician script to the West -- The Greek alphabet -- The Anatolian alphabets -- The Coptic alphabet -- The Gothic alphabet -- The scripts of Italy -- The Roman alphabet -- The Runic script -- Ogham -- The Slavic alphabets -- The Armenian alphabet -- The Georgian alphabet
  • pt. 6. South Asian writing systems. Brahmi and Kharoshthi -- The Devanagari script -- Gujarati writing -- The Gurmukhi script -- Bengali writing -- Oriya writing -- Sinhala writing -- Kannada and Telugu writing -- Malayalam writing -- Tamil writing -- The Tibetan script and derivatives -- pt. 7. Southeast Asian writing systems. The spread of Brahmi script into Southeast Asia -- Burmese writing -- Thai and Lao writing -- Khmer writing -- Insular Southeast Asian scripts -- pt. 8. Middle Eastern writing systems. The Jewish scripts -- Aramaic scripts for Aramaic languages -- Aramaic scripts for Iranian languages -- Aramaic scripts for Altaic languages -- Arabic writing -- Dhivehi writing -- Ethiopic writing -- pt. 9. Scripts invented in modern times. The invention of writing -- Cherokee writing -- Scripts of West Africa -- The Cree syllabary -- Scripts for Munda languages -- The Pahawh Hmong script
  • pt. 10. Use and adaptation of scripts. A functional classification -- Adaptations of the Roman alphabet : Romance languages ; Germanic languages ; Celtic languages ; Languages of Eastern and Southern Europe ; African languages ; Vietnamese -- Adaptations of the Cyrillic alphabet -- Adaptations of Hebrew script -- Adaptations of Arabic script -- pt. 11. Sociolinguistics and scripts. Germany : script and politics -- Serbo-Croatian : a biscriptal language -- South Asia : coexistence of scripts Christian missionary activies -- Script reform in and after the Soviet Union -- pt. 12. Secondary notation systems. The alphabet as a technology -- Numerical notation -- Shorthand -- Phonetic notation -- Music notation -- Movement notation systems -- pt. 13. Imprinting and printing. Analog and digital writing.
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Genre
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrated
  • text
Language
  • English
  • Multiple languages

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