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The Idea of Writing

The Idea of Writing

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  • ISBN-13: 9789004215450
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • Release Date: Dec 01, 2011
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.6 x 6.6 inches


The Idea of Writing is an exploration of the versatility of writing systems. This volume, the second in a series, is specifically concerned with the problems and possibilities of adapting a writing system to another language. Writing is studied as it is used across linguistic and cultural borders from ancient Egyptian, Cuneiform and Korean writing to Japanese, Kharosthi and Near Eastern scripts. This collection of articles aims to highlight the complexity of writing systems rather than to provide a first introduction. The different academic traditions in which these writing systems have been studied use linguistic, socio-historical and philological approaches that give complementary insights of the complex phenomena.

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