Writing Systems and Phonetics
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Writing Systems and Phonetics provides students with a critical understanding of the writing systems of the world. Beginning by exploring the spelling of English, including how it arose and how it works today, the book goes on to address over 60 major languages from around the globe and includes detailed descriptions and worked examples of writing systems which foreground the phonetics of these languages. Key areas covered include:
- the use of the Latin alphabet in and beyond Europe;
- writing systems of the eastern Mediterranean, Greek and its Cyrillic offshoot, Arabic and Hebrew;
- languages in South and South-East Asia, including Hindi, Tamil, Burmese and Thai, as well as in East Asia, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean;
- reflections on ancient languages such as Sumerian, Egyptian, Linear B and Mayan;
- a final chapter which sets out a typology of writing systems.
All of the languages covered are contextualised by authentic illustrations, including road signs, personal names and tables, to demonstrate how theoretical research can be applied to the real world.
Taking a unique geographical focus which guides the reader on a journey across time and continents, this book offers an engaging introduction for students approaching for the first time the phonetics of writing systems, their typology and the origins of scripts.
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
Technical terms and symbols
Chapter 1. English spelling
Chapter 2. Latin-based alphabets in European languages
Chapter 3. Latin-based alphabets outside Europe
Chapter 4. Greek, Cyrillic and related alphabets
Chapter 5. Hebrew, Arabic and related alphabets
Chapter 6. South and south-east Asian alphabets
Chapter 7. East Asian scripts
Chapter 8. The world’s earliest writing and its decipherment
Chapter 9. More early writing and its decipherment
Chapter 10. A typology of writing systems
Appendix 1. International Phonetic Alphabet
Appendix 2. Some basic variables in writing systems
Appendix 3. Writing materials
Alan Cruttenden is Emeritus Professor of Phonetics, University of Manchester, and Fellow of the Phonetics Laboratory, University of Oxford.