ReviewsPeter Daniels has thought more and more deeply about writing than anyone else around. This very engaging book reflects both. It incorporates the taxonomy of types of writing systems that he pioneered and is organized very nicely around the various ways in which a writing system reflects its (spoken) language. The book presupposes little linguistic knowledge and is clearly written.
Professor Mark Aronoff, Stony Brook University
No student of linguistics, nor educator, psychologist, or social scientist concerned with literacy, can afford to remain ignorant of the fundamentals of writing systems. It is a great honor to commend to the reader a work of such exceptional scholarship.
Professor David L. Share, University of Haifa (from the Foreword)
Daniels’ new book has much to recommend it. In many ways it represents the culmination of a career by, as noted above, the scholar who can lay the best claim to being the world’s expert on writing. The breadth of coverage, and the organization of the material is the best that I have seen.... An Exploration of Writing will be useful to scholars and students alike, and belongs on the shelf of anyone who is interested in this rather neglected subfield of linguistics.
Written Language and Literacy