The Routledge Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets

2nd Edition

George L Campbell, Christopher Moseley

Published November 25, 2011
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9780415560979 - CAT# Y105115

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The Routledge Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets is a unique reference to the main scripts and alphabets of the world.

The Handbook presents over 60 alphabets covering an enormous scope of languages; from Amharic and Chinese to Thai and Cree. Full script tables are given for every language and each entry is accompanied by a detailed overview of its historical and linguistic context.

New to this second edition:

    • enhanced introduction discussing the basic principles and strategies utilized by world writing systems
    • expanded to include more writing systems
    • improved presentation of non-Roman scripts.
    • organised into ancient, contemporary and autochthonous writing systems
    • many new entries on fascinating and lesser-known writing systems

This handy resource is the ideal reference for all students and scholars of language and linguistics.

It has been brought to our attention that in some of the copies of the book there is an alignment error in the tables for Cyrillic Scripts (pages 88-90) and Roman Scripts (pages 140-44). Please contact us at to receive replacement copies of the corrected tables, free of charge.

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