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The Routledge Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets

2nd Edition

By George L Campbell, Christopher Moseley

© 2012 – Routledge

200 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets is a unique reference to the main scripts and alphabets of the world.

The Handbook presents over 60 alphabets covering an enormous scope of languages; from Amharic and Chinese to Thai and Cree. Full script tables are given for every language and each entry is accompanied by a detailed overview of its historical and linguistic context.

New to this second edition:

    • enhanced introduction discussing the basic principles and strategies utilized by world writing systems
    • expanded to include more writing systems
    • improved presentation of non-Roman scripts.
    • organised into ancient, contemporary and autochthonous writing systems
    • many new entries on fascinating and lesser-known writing systems

This handy resource is the ideal reference for all students and scholars of language and linguistics.

It has been brought to our attention that in some of the copies of the book there is an alignment error in the tables for Cyrillic Scripts (pages 88-90) and Roman Scripts (pages 140-44). Please contact us at to receive replacement copies of the corrected tables, free of charge.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


"The Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets is a well presented and fascinating account of the world's writing systems…The enticing information found throughout the book would undoubtedly spark the curiosity of any reader, and it is a suitable starting point for anyone

interested in the world's scripts." - Philippa M. Steele, Linguist List

Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction. List of Abbreviations. Chart of Phonetic Symbols. Alphabetical Entries on Script. Bibliography.

About the Authors

Christopher Moseley is a linguist and lecturer at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. He is co-editor (with Prof. R.E.Asher) of the Atlas of the World’s Languages (Routledge, 2007) and general editor of the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger (2010).

George L. Campbell worked for the BBC World Service and was a polyglot linguist and translator.

Subject Categories

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JUVENILE NONFICTION / Foreign Language Study / General
REFERENCE / Handbooks & Manuals