- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: September 2023
- Print publication year: 2023
- Online ISBN: 9781108766463
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108766463
The study of orthography (spelling and writing systems), and its development over the history of language, is central to many areas of linguistic enquiry, offering insight into syntactic and morphological structures, phonology, typology, historical linguistics, literacy and reading, and the social and cultural context of language use. With contributions from a global team of scholars, this Handbook provides the first comprehensive overview of this rapidly developing field, tracing the development of historical orthography, with special emphasis on the last and present centuries. Chapters are split into five key thematic areas, with a focus throughout on the interplay between theory and practice. It also explores the methods used in studying historical orthography, and the principles involved in the development of a spelling system. Providing a critical assessment of the state of the art in the field, it is essential reading for anyone with an interest in writing systems and historical linguistics.
Michael Cahill - Orthography Services Coordinator, SIL International
Florian Coulmas - Senior Professor of Japanese Society and Sociolinguistics, University of Duisburg-Essen
Damien Mooney - Senior Lecturer in French Linguistics and Language Change, University of Bristol
Mark Sebba - Reader Emeritus in Sociolinguistics & Language Contact, Lancaster University
Christine Schreyer - Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of British Columbia
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