Writing Systems of the World

Writing Systems of the World

Alphabets, Syllabaries, Pictograms

Book - 1990 | English-language edition, first paperback edition.
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This unique, ambitious and entertaining book presents twenty-nine scripts in detail and offers examples of a hundred more. Written in nontechnical prose and organized into brief but comprehensive sections, it will serve as a handy reference for world travelers, stamp collectors, and calligraphers, along with providing hours of reading enjoyment to those who are fascinated by the written symbol itself.

The scripts covered here are from all over the world. A few, like Greek or the Cyrillic script used for Russian, may be familiar to readers of Western languages. But others may seem strange, such as Pakistan's Urdu, which is written in a style so fine that newspapers are not typeset but reproduced from pages laboriously written out by hand.

Each of the script sections includes charts of the symbols, reading tips, forms of numerals, and other features that help explain how the language is written. Further enhanced with maps, illustrations, a glossary, and useful appendixes, Writing Systems of the World is a remarkably concise and organized look at what is perhaps mankind's greatest achievement, the written language.
Publisher: Tokyo ; Rutland, Vt. : Tuttle, 1990.
Edition: English-language edition, first paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©1980
ISBN: 9780804816540
Branch Call Number: 411 NAK
Characteristics: 122 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,26 cm

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Sep 07, 2017

A near exhaustive collection of writing systems of the world. Concise, one page presentations of the predominant world "alphabets", as well as samples of historic and more obscure texts. A good resource, which has left me much more comfortable deciphering foreign scripts.

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