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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Writing Systems
Subtitle: An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis
Written By: Florian Coulmas
Series Title: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

During 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.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521782171
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 290
Prices: U.S. $ 60
U.K. £ 45

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521787378
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 290
Prices: U.S. $ 22
U.K. £ 16.95