Feb 26, 2020
Writing Systems: A Linguistic Introduction
Posted by Geoffrey Sampson

To say that writing has as much claim as speech to be treated as language may strike the reader as a statement of the obvious But the fact is that, although the tide is beginning to turn now, for most of the twentieth century linguistics has almost wholly ignored writing It is not necessary to accept all the theories of the French critic Jacques Derrida in order to agreeTo say that writing has as much claim as speech to be treated as language may strike the reader as a statement of the obvious But the fact is that, although the tide is beginning to turn now, for most of the twentieth century linguistics has almost wholly ignored writing It is not necessary to accept all the theories of the French critic Jacques Derrida in order to agree with him when he describes writing as the wandering outcast of linguistics This book is offered in the belief that written language is a form of language As such, it deserves to be treated with the methods of modern, scientific linguistic study, which have been increasing our understanding of the spoken form of language for many decades.

  • Title: Writing Systems: A Linguistic Introduction
  • Author: Geoffrey Sampson
  • ISBN: 9780804717564
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • Writing Systems A Linguistic Introduction To say that writing has as much claim as speech to be treated as language may strike the reader as a statement of the obvious But the fact is that although the tide is beginning to turn now for most

    Jennifer Ball

    The most important sentence in this book is the one regarding Chinese on pages 164 165 Women s liberators might point out the number of cases where words for unpleasant character traits such as jealousy are written with the woman signific the word he uses for radical but the incidence of this sort of thing is no greater than that of comparable sexist assumptions in the spoken English language cf bitch vs dog, for instance Sampson is trying to suggest that Chinese is not inferior to English a fun [...]


    Walrus

    Decent overview of some of the notable writing systems Particularly liked the argument made against English spelling reform.



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