Go to the relevant discussion by clicking on the section headings below.
When you’re ready to take the quiz based on this topic, go to the IVLE page and click on ‘Assessment’ on the left, and then on ‘Writing’.
O’Grady, William et al.
(1996), Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction (
Pyles, Thomas and John Algeo (1993), The Origins and Development of the English Language, 4th edn, Ch. 3.
Alphabets - http://www.wam.umd.edu/~rfradkin/
Site details the evolution of many of the world’s major alphabets.
Scripts of the World - http://alumni.eecs.berkeley.edu/~lorentz/asw/
Lawrence Lo describes the origins, types and families of writing systems. Sections on phonetics, historical linguistics. Bibliography and links.
Comparison - http://www.ukindia.com/zalph.htm
A comparison of written Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali and Gujarati by Eden Golshani.
Omniglot - http://www.omniglot.com
Guide to all major alphabets, syllabaries and other writing systems. Also includes information on languages and links to other online language resources.
Writing Systems - http://www.library.cornell.edu/africana/Writing_Systems/Amharic.html
An examination of the writing systems of
to Linguistics: Writing Systems Resources - http://www.georgetown.edu/cball/ling001/intro-resources-writing.html
Links to information about graphemics.
the Dravidian Culture on the Writing Systems in India. - http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/2104/scripts.html
A paper which examines the development of scripts in
of Chinese Writing Systems - http://www.humboldt.edu/~cllc/writesys.htm
Academic paper which examines Chinese orthography .
Examples - http://logos.uoregon.edu/explore/orthography/examples.html
Samples of non-Latin writing systems, including Cyrillic, Aramaic, a syllabary, and a phonetic system.
Shavian Alphabet - http://www.shavian.f9.co.uk/
An alternative alphabet developed for English by George Bernard Shaw. This site introduces Shavian script, and offers fonts and applications for the scholar.
Writing Systems and the Internet. - http://www.siu.edu/~lmc/non-roman.html
Links of use to students of non-Latin languages and graphemics.