Writing Systems of the World
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.
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An excellent foretaste of the variety of scripts invented and used around the world by various peoples.
For those who, as I do, crave _much_ more detail about each script, the examples and historical backgrounds given by the author are frustratingly inadequate. However, with the hyper-exponential explosion of the Internet in the last two decades, there's plenty more to find. And so this book serves as a useful place to start the journey - and I've yet to find a better one.
One of the best books on writing systems I have seen. Perfect for home reference .