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The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems

by Florian Coulmas

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems Synopsis

This is an encyclopedia of writing systems, scripts and orthographies of all the worlda s major languages, past and present. It provides both a fully illustrated description of over 400 writing systems and an account of the study of writing in many different disciplines, from anthropology to psychology.

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems Press Reviews

Florian Coulmas provides a coherent and sophisticated interpretation of the forms and functions of written language. And he shows how important the development of writing systems has been in the development of linguistic description. Michael Stubbs, University of Trier This book offers a thorough modern coverage of the writing systems of the world. I believe that it will quickly become a standard reference work in its field. Henry Rogers, University of Toronto What makes this encyclopedia a great whole is the synthesis of all the little fascinating things about writing systems, scripts, and orthographies, which Coulmas differentiates in clear conceptual terms...The reviewer recommends it to the specialist and the layman enthusiastically and with no reservations whatsoever. P.G. Patel, University of Ottawa A good work of this kind is an indispensible reference tool for the student or scholar of writing systems...Ca s encyclopedia does an excellent job of presenting hundreds of terms used in the analysis of writing systems...It does so... in prose of clarity that makes each entry a pleasure to read. Janet S. Smith, University of California, Davis

Book Information

ISBN: 9780631214816
Publication date: 18th February 1999
Author: Florian Coulmas
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 636 pages
Categories: Palaeography (history of writing), Reference works,

About Florian Coulmas

Florian Coulmas is Professor of Sociolinguistics at Chuo University, Tokyo. He was previously Professor of General Linguistics at Dusseldorf University and Research Fellow of the National Language Institute, Tokyo. He has been visiting Professor at Georgetown University and Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin. His principle fields of interest are the study of writing and sociolinguistics.

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