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Introducing Writing On Writing

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The Idea of Writing: Play and Complexity is an exploration of the versatility of writing systems. From ancient Egyptian, Cuneiform and Meroitic writing to Chinese, Maya and Maldivian script, the authors examine the problems and possibilities of polysemy, representing loanwords or adapting a writing system to another language. A first point of reference in the Idea of Writing is the seminal work by Daniels & Bright (1996) who provided a systematic overview of the world's writing systems. Daniels & Bright specifically advance the work of Gelb. Play in writing, also known as jeud’écriture, is the individual's exploration of a script's versatility. It is the realm of poets and designers, but includes the ancient scribes who showed off their abilities in texts they produced in the service of others. Linguists have a view and method of analysis that is frequently applied to scripts.

Keywords: Bright; Daniels; Gelb; jeud’écriture; writing systems



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