By Susanne R. Borgwaldt, Terry Joyce

Typology study is intensely very important in either presenting class frameworks and in selling the cautious research and research of the center techniques inherent in the type contrasts hired. extra exemplary of the latter element, the current choice of papers at the typology of writing structures handle a couple of major linguistic and psycholinguistic concerns surrounding the type of writing platforms. The seven contributions inside of this quantity, which initially seemed as a distinct factor of Written Language and Literacy 14:1 (2011), hide a large choice of concerns, starting from an summary of writing method typology examine, comparative graphematics, letter-shape similarities, the morphographic precept, tone orthography typology, measuring graphematic transparency, to unconventional spellings inside of on-line chat. Reflecting the transforming into curiosity in writing, the publication might be of curiosity to complex scholars and researchers engaged on writing structures, written language, and studying study.

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As can be seen, both approaches constitute different sets of writing systems. Comparative graphematics, as it has been proposed here, does not compare writing systems as a whole. Instead, construction types are compared because only then detailed linguistic analyses are possible. This approach can also be applied to the diachronic analysis of writing systems and here it can be connected with grammaticalization studies. Acknowledgements I wish to thank Klaus von Heusinger, Barbara Job, Utz Maas, Ulrich Mehlem, John Peterson, Pramod Pandey, Daniel Recasens, two anonymous reviewers and the editors of this volume for helpful comments on previous versions of this paper.

This can be deduced from the fact that if length is indicated, it is accomplished with a complex grapheme, whereas the short consonant is usually represented by a simple grapheme. c. Gemination in alphabetic writing systems can be traced back to the ancient Greek scriptorial innovations. From there, it spread to writing systems based upon Greek, Cyrillic, and Latin scripts. An interesting field of historical research would be to study the outputs and the linguistic analyses of the first writers (in Europe, mainly Christian monks) of hitherto exclusively spoken languages.

Rüdiger Weingarten Schwartz, Mila, David L. Share, Mark Leikin & Ely Kozminsky (2008). On the benefits of bi-literacy: Just a head start in reading or specific orthographic insights? Reading and Writing 21: 905–927. , Mikko Aro & Jane M. Erskine (2003). Foundation literacy acquisition in European orthographies. British Journal of Psycholology 94,2: 143–174. Share, David L. (2008). On the anglocentricities of current reading research and practice: The perils of overreliance on an ‘outlier’ orthography.

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