An Exploration of Writing - Peter T. Daniels

An Exploration of Writing - Peter T. Daniels

Moras and Kana

An Exploration of Writing - Peter T. Daniels

Peter T. Daniels [+-]
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Peter T. Daniels, the world’s leading expert on writing systems, holds degrees in linguistics from Cornell University and the University of Chicago. His first interests were in Comparative Semitic linguistics, which built to the study of writing and decipherment. His challenge to his teacher I. J. Gelb’s influential theories of the evolution of scripts has led to a persistent search for legitimate principles of the nature and development of writing. He is co-editor (with William Bright) of and principal contributor to The World’s Writing Systems (1996) and is hte author of An Exploration of Writing (Equinox, 2018).


A recent development in the theory of writing has been the recognition of the mora as a level of linguistic structure that is represented in writing, specifically in the phonetic component of Japanese writing. It is the author's contribution that this approach is also relevant to Arabic, which has usually been treated as an abjad.

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Daniels, Peter . Moras and Kana. An Exploration of Writing. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 59-63 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781795293. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30865. Feb 2018

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