The World's Writing Systems

A Serious Overview W/ Samples

By Peter T. Daniels & William Bright
Published by Oxford University Press

Table of Contents

by peter t. daniels & William Bright
1. Detailed Accounts   
2. Grammatology, Decipherment
3. Near Eastern, East Asian, European Writing Systems
4. South Asian, South East Asian, Middle Eastern Writing Systems
5. Invented Scripts 
6. Use, Adaptation & Sociolinguists 
7. Secondary Notation, Imprinting & Printing
8. How Scripts & Cultural Development Influenced Each Other
9. Spread & Cultural Impact
10. Linguistic Breakdown, IPA Charts, Change of Letters, Current Issues   

Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Roasted Chicken Dinner
This book is the first of its kind and is only available because of a newly created software program that makes it possible for the various contributors to share their final text with each other.  Outside of the specialized Linguistic material, it’s very easy to read and understand.  It could replace some mainstream books on this topic.  The bulk of it is specialized information that would only  be interesting for Linguistic students or the seriously interested nerdy person!  

Why Visit Here

After reading this book, a lot of the mystery of the world’s writing systems are gone.  I’m familiar with just the appearance of them and how they developed.  Also, learning some of the historical tensions the writing system endured sheds light on some of what they face today.  

I do recommend it for people who are greatly interested in this topic, avid travellers and those who associate with multicultural folks.  I think this book could be a great way to gain insight & an appreciation for some of their cultural history.

Destination Summary

Each chapter is organized in a similar style.  The first one or 2 paragraphs on the history and development of the writing system.  It includes brief info of where/how it originated and any discrepancies, debates or current issues.

The editors reached out to numerous specialists requesting a ‘historical sketch and the table of [letters] in their standard order and their variations… [the majority of their contribution is] how the script actually works-how the sounds of a language are represented in writing, along with a brief text in the languages the script is used for.”

The generous tables that show Romanized & IPA forms of the original ‘signforms’ are informative & help to become familiar with the script for non-specialists.  The generous bibliographies after each chapter are great for learning more about a very specific topic.

Travel Advisory

Most of this book is academic and a background in Linguistics would be very helpful for understanding it.

Packing List

✓ Gear up with an Intro to Linguistics Book
✓ A World Map for tracking the mind blowing journeys!
✓ An Undying Love of the Written Word, in Any Language.

Recommended Resources
Alternate Books
✓ Letter Perfect: The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet From A to Z By David Sacks (2003) - This book is a portable, informative bunny slipper introduction to the development of the Roman Alphabet.  It’s a great introduction to the World’s Writing Systems
✓ Study of Writing By Ignace J. Gelb (1963) - This book is referenced numerous times by Daniel, it could be a classic in this field.