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The Idea of Writing

Voogt, Alex de [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
The Idea of Writing : Writing Across Borders / ed. by Alex de Voogt and Joachim Friedrich Quack. - Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2012. - vi, 254 S. : Ill., Kt.
ISBN 978-90-04-21545-0
EUR 99,00 / US$ 135,00
DDC: 411.09

The Idea of Writing is an exploration of the versatility of writing systems. This volume, the second in a series, is specifically concerned with the problems and possibilities of adapting a writing system to another language. Writing is studied as it is used across linguistic and cultural borders from ancient Egyptian, Cuneiform and Korean writing to Japanese, Kharosthi and Near Eastern scripts. This collection of articles aims to highlight the complexity of writing systems rather than to provide a first introduction. The different academic traditions in which these writing systems have been studied use linguistic, socio-historical and philological approaches that give complementary insights of the complex phenomena. [Verlagsinformation]

Acknowledgements. vii
1. Invention and borrowing in the development and dispersal of writing systems. 1-10
Alex de Voogt
2. 27-30-22-26 : how many letters needs an alphabet? The case of Semitic. 11-52
Reinhard G. Lehmann
3. Nubian graffiti messages and the history of writing in the Sudanese Nile basin. 53-67
Alex de Voogt & Hans-Jörg Döhla
4. About "short" names of letters. 69-82
Konstantin Pozdniakov
5. Early adaptations of the Korean script to render foreign languages. 83-102
Sven Osterkamp
6. Han'gŭl reform movement in the twentieth century : Roman pressure on Korean writing. 103-130
Thorsten Traulsen
7. The character of the Indian Kharoṣṭhī script and the "Sanskrit revolution" : a writing system between identity and assimilation. 131-168
Ingo Strauch
8. Symmetry and asymmetry, Chinese writing in Japan : the case of Kojiki (712). 169-179
Aldo Tollini
9. Writing Semitic with cuneiform script : the interaction of Sumerian and Akkadian orthography in the second half of the third millennium BC. 181-218
Theo J.H. Krispijn
10. Old wine in new wineskins? How to write classical Egyptian rituals in more modern writing systems. 219-243
Joachim Quack
Subject Index. 245
Language (Group) and Script Index. 249
Author Index. 251

ALEX DE VOOGT, Ph.D. (1995) in Psychology, Leiden University, is an Assistant Curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His studies on writing systems and the dispersal of board games focus on the Indian Ocean region. Profile page.
JOACHIM FRIEDRICH QUACK, Ph.D. (1993) in Egyptology, University of Tübingen, Habilitation (2003) in Egyptology, Free University of Berlin, is Professor of Egyptology at Heidelberg University. He is a leading specialist for Egyptian cursive writing systems. Profile page.

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Voogt / Quack: The Idea of Writing, 2012