An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis
By (author) Florian Coulmas
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Writing Systems by Florian Coulmas
Book DescriptionDuring its long history the problem of reducing language to writing, and conversely that of interpreting written signs as language, has found a variety of solutions which still exist in the form of different writing systems. Written by a leading expert, this new textbook provides an accessible introduction to the major writing systems of the world, from cuneiform to English spelling. Florian Coulmas presents detailed descriptions of the world's writing systems and explains their structural complexities as well as the intricate relationship between written and spoken language. The book also provides a clear and engaging account of the history of writing and its consequences for human thought and literate society. This illustrated textbook includes questions for discussion at the end of each chapter, and an up-to-date explanation of theoretical issues. Clearly organised and engagingly written, it is the ideal textbook for use on courses on writing systems.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521787376
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Florian Coulmas
Guardians of Language, Hardback (March 2016)
This book provides an accessible account of the origins and conceptual foundations of language policy. Florian Coulmas discusses the influence of twenty intellectuals from medieval to modern times, and from a variety of cultures, who have taken issue with language, its use, development, and political potential.
Sociolinguistics, Hardback (August 2013)
This new and updated textbook gives students a coherent view of the complex interaction of language and society.
Writing and Society, Hardback (February 2013)
Explores the functions of writing and written language, analysing its consequences for language, society, economy and politics.
Language Adaptation, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Florian Coulmas
Language Adaptation examines the process by which a speech community is forced to adopt an active role in making its language suitable for changing functional requirements.
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Author Biography - Florian Coulmas
Florian Coulmas is Professor of Japanese Studies at Gerhard Mercator University, Duisburg. He has published several works on writing and written language including The Encyclopedia of Writing Systems (1996) and The Writing Systems of the World (1989).
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