An Exploration of Writing - Peter T. Daniels

An Exploration of Writing - Peter T. Daniels

Graphonomy and Linguistics

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).


The last chapter is intended more for linguists than for the general reader; in it the author has gathered accounts of the history of aspects of the field on which there has been much confusion over the past century. It also includes the author's explanation of the prominence of syllables in the nature and history of writing, an explanation that has not yet been published elsewhere.

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Daniels, Peter . Graphonomy and Linguistics. An Exploration of Writing. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 155-187 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781795293. Date accessed: 26 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30873. Feb 2018

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