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The Arabic Writing System  

Peter Daniels

Print publication date:
Sep 2013
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Dec 2013
This article discusses the Arabic writing system. It begins with linguistic description of the components of Classical and Modern Standard Arabic writing, followed by accounts of their use ... More

The History of Writing as a History of Linguistics  

Peter T. Daniels

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Mar 2013
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Jul 2013
Every writing system represents a “native-speaker analysis” of a language, and as such at every stage of its development it reflects what its users consciously “know” about their language. ... More

Interpreting Alphabetic Orthographies: Early Middle English Spelling  

Roger Lass

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Nov 2015
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Jan 2015
This chapter is designed to show some of the special properties of older, non-standardized orthographies, with nearly exclusive emphasis on early Middle English. In particular it shows ... More

Interpreting Diffuse Orthographies and Orthographic Change  

J. Marshall Unger

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Nov 2015
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Jan 2015
All the world’s writing systems may be classified as compact or diffuse depending on the number of functional units they generally employ. The only diffuse systems were or are used in and ... More

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