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  Writing - MSN Encarta
Once a system has reached a full capability of expression, the conflict in its development is between economy of writing (number of signs required to write a given utterance), and reduction of ambiguity.
Writing systems always tended to be conservative, their origins often being attributed to divine sources.
Similar writing systems were developed by the other peoples of this region, and it was from the Phoenicians that the Greeks borrowed their writing system.
uk.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761573431_2/Writing.html   (1181 words)

  Writing system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Writing systems are conceptual systems, as are the languages to which they refer.
The invention of the first writing systems is roughly contemporary with the beginning of the Bronze Age in the late Neolithic of the late 4th millennium BC.
As languages often evolve independently of their writing systems, and writing systems have been borrowed for languages they were not designed for, the degree to which letters of an alphabet correspond to phonemes of a language varies greatly from one language to another and even within a single language.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Writing_system   (2802 words)

 More on Writing Systems
The glyphs of most writing systems are made up of lines and are therefore called linear, but there are glyphs in non-linear writing systems made up of other types of marks.
The first writing system was cuneiform, which emerged among the Sumerians towards the end of the 4th millennium BC; however it was followed closely by the appearance of writing in Egypt and the Indus valley, and since then writing has appeared independently a number of times, associated with various civilizations.
As languages often evolve independently of their writing systems, and writing systems have been borrowed for languages they were not designed for, the degree to which letters of an alphabet correspond to phonemes of a language varies greatly from one language to another and even within a single language.
www.artilifes.com /writing-systems.htm   (1928 words)

 List of writing systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
That is, no full writing system can be completely pictographic or ideographic; it must be able to refer directly to a language in order to faithfully represent that language.
In logographic writing systems, glyphs represents words or morphemes (meaningful components of words, as in mean-ing-ful), rather than phonetic elements.
A number of manuscripts from comparable recent past may be written in an invented writing system, a cipher of an existing writing system or may only be an hoax.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_writing_systems   (1443 words)

 West Chester University of Pennsylvania - English Department Undergraduate Course List - ENG and WRT
An intensive course in writing for the non-native speaker of English, emphasizing skill in organization and awareness of styles of writing and levels of usage as ways of expressing and communicating experiences.
This course emphasizes that writing is a means of critically reflecting on, analyzing, and communicating personal experience and representations of the "self." It includes instruction in traditional forms of personal writing (such as autobiographies and resumes), as well as less familiar forms (such as web pages).
Theory and practice of writing tutoring, especially for those who plan a career in teaching or who are focusing on the remediation or development of language and writing skills.
www.wcupa.edu /_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.ENG/clist.htm   (1252 words)

 Writing Systems and Manuscripts
Writing systems are of the same order; each sub-system is designed as a self-contained unit intended to function in its appropriate place within the complete system.
Ancient writing systems are phonetically based; their primary purpose is to record speech, the words as spoken along with all those components that identify the text as *that* text.
Within the ancient writing systems, the width of the minim is the measure for horizontal movement; the height of the 'o' (ayin in Hebrew and Aramaic fonts) is the measure for vertical movement.
www.st-andrews.ac.uk /~www_sd/altman_writing.html   (8789 words)

 World Writing Systems - an Introduction
Writing systems in the New World, the Pacific, and much of Africa were usually primitive.
Writing systems change, and this series will describe how they change, and why they do.* Some specific national reforms are described in greater detail, to show how writing systems are related to social change, and to illustrate themes and theories that should blow Anglo-Saxon orthographic parochialism out of the mud.
The impression they leave is that people are stuck with the writing system that was by some accident of history affixed to their language.
victorian.fortunecity.com /vangogh/555/Spell/writing-sys-vy.htm   (3507 words)

 Writing Center - Faculty Resources
The list is not definitive, but it may serve as a starting place where you might begin to think about how writing happens for your students and for you.
The writing context requires writers to have a sense of the reader's expectations and an awareness of appropriate conventions for a particular piece of writing.
We value writing because it reveals the personal choices a writer has made and thereby reveals something of her habits of mind, her ability to connect and therefore shape ideas, and her ability to transform or change us as readers.
www.unc.edu /depts/wcweb/faculty_resources/writing.html   (1357 words)

 Shirky: Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality
A persistent theme among people writing about the social aspects of weblogging is to note (and usually lament) the rise of an A-list, a small set of webloggers who account for a majority of the traffic in the weblog world.
In systems where many people are free to choose between many options, a small subset of the whole will get a disproportionate amount of traffic (or attention, or income), even if no members of the system actively work towards such an outcome.
The list is designed to flag people with low overall link numbers, but who have done something to merit a sharp increase in links, as a way of making the system more dynamic.
www.shirky.com /writings/powerlaw_weblog.html   (2354 words)

 Ancient Scripts: Writing Systems
This simple explanation encompasses a large spectrum of writing systems with vastly different stylistic and structural characteristics spanning across the many regions of the globe.
And writing was used for religious purpose (divination and communicating with the supernatural world) and socio-political functions (reinforcing the power of the ruling elite).
While it is true that writing systems appear to develop in agricultural and urban cultures, by no means it is a requirement for civilization.
www.ancientscripts.com /ws.html   (355 words)

 African Writing Systems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Specifically, writing is a means by which people record, objectify, and organize their activities and thoughts through images and graphs.
Writing is a means to inscribe meanings that are expressed through sounds.
This means that writing facilitates the proper recording and transmissions of events and deeds from one generation to another.
www.library.cornell.edu /africana/Writing_Systems/Amharic.html   (75 words)

 Topica Email List Directory
This is periodic newsletter of new poetry and writings, romantic, erotic and otherwise, from Starpoet (L. Thompson) not yet published at the Starpoet website (http//starpoet.com).
This list is to notify readers when a new issue comes up, or when we've added something new to the site.
List will include periodic dissemination of haiku, poetry, open letters, abstract drawings,and metaphysical metaphors as focus for discussion.
lists.topica.com /dir/?cid=392   (411 words)

 Writing in Early Japan
Attempts to argue for a more complex concept of writing often degenerate into disputes over how to define the term itself; for that reason it may be more productive to postpone more abstract considerations, and to begin with a careful examination of writing as it is practiced in a given cultural context.
Chinese writing was present in Japan at least as early as the fifth century, but its use does not seem to have been widespread until the middle of the seventh, and it is in the eighth that the most diverse use of characters is apparent.
This is not to say that every sutra produced at these writing factories looked the same, but rather that here first took root the idea of a mode of writing that emphasized speed, legibility, and the infinite repeatability of the individual strokes of the Chinese character.
www.columbia.edu /cu/ealac/gradconf/abstracts96/16writing.html   (944 words)

 Writing Intensive Courses   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Writing is not an "extra"; rather, it becomes an integral part of the learning process.
Second, list and explain the types of writing activities; be especially careful to explain (1) what each writing activity is intended to accomplish as well as the (2) amount of writing, (3) frequency and number of assignments, and (4) whether there are opportunities for revision.
Writing assignments must be designed to increase learning by encouraging students to integrate new knowledge with previous knowledge and to teach discipline specific uses of writing.
www.iup.edu /liberal/forms/writint.shtm   (2374 words)

 LINGUIST List 13.2400: Writing Systems: Florian Coulmas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Cambridge University Press http://www.cup.org Writing Systems An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis Florian Coulmas, Gerhard Mercator University, Duisburg, Germany The problem of reducing language to writing and conversely that of interpreting written signs as language has been resolved through the development of different writing systems.
This illustrated textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world (from cuneiform to English spelling) and analyzes their structure and function.
It includes a review of the history of writing and a discussion of the literate mind and society.
linguistlist.org /issues/13/13-2400.html   (158 words)

 Writing Systems
In my opinion, the signature event that separated the emergence of palaeohumans from their anthropoid progenitors was not tool-making but a rudimentary oral communication that replaced the hoots and gestures still used by lower primates.
Mayan glyphs were used to write the languages of the Mayan region in Mexico and Guatemala.
Linear B is a script used to write an ancient form of Greek spoken on the island of Crete over 3000 years ago.
www.my-ecoach.com /online/webresourcelist.php?rlid=2373   (560 words)

 The Numbers in Various Writing Systems
As a supplement to my list of the numbers from 1 to 10 in over a thousand languages, here are the numbers written in a few native writing systems, plus ASL.
The transition to a full writing system occurs when it occurs to someone that the pictures can be borrowed to write words that sound the same but are hard to draw.
What's particularly neat about the Sign Writing system is that it's iconic in a way the writing of speech can never be: ordinary writing has to be a visual representation of sound; but Sign Writing is a visual representation of a visual medium.
www.zompist.com /scripts.html   (936 words)

 ListBot - List Owner FAQ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
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 Writing System Links
List of the 300 most common Chinese characters as used in Chinese.
Comparing writing systems: Chinese character writing: This page is interesting only because it is so full of fallacies about the Chinese language and script.
The Evolution of the Vietnamese Writing System - the development of Vietnamese writing through photos, a graphic illustration of the writing system and its history.
cjvlang.com /Writing/writlinks.html   (1553 words)

 Writing Specifications   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
When we write A/B, we usually mean "either A or B" or "either A or B or both" or "both A and B" or "number of A's divided by number of B's." There's no telling which one.
For example, the list "resistors, capacitors, inductors and other components" could be interpreted as not applying to transistors, since transistors are active components and all the listed components are passive.
When the elements of a list become numerous, the visual clutter of the text makes it difficult to read, and readers are therefore likely to miss one or more of the elements.
www.ntsc.navy.mil /Resources/Library/Acqguide/SpecWrit.htm   (2324 words)

 Advice on Writing Proposals - particularly to NSF
List up to five relevant publications, patents, copyrights, or software systems, plus up to five other significant publications.
List long-term associates with whom you have collaborated in the past two years plus your graduate and postdoc advisors.
If you are asked to write a review or be on a panel, the program officer will give you an id and password to give you access to the proposals.
www-2.cs.cmu.edu /~sfinger/advice/advice.html   (3364 words)

 A List Apart: Articles: 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web
If you are writing in order to discover your mind or to try out a new stance, continue by all means– but file the note in your desk drawer, not on your website.
If your writing is a personal journal, and if it is honest, you will have to write about things that you find embarrassing to describe, feelings you might not want to share, events that you wouldn’t mention to strangers (or, perhaps, to anyone).
Write clearly and simply and write quickly, for if you are to write often you must neither hesitate or quibble.
www.alistapart.com /stories/writeliving   (2991 words)

 Undeciphered scripts
In some cases the writing systems have been deciphered but the languages they were used to write remain a mystery.
Neither the script nor the language it was used to write are known, however Asko Parpola of the University of Helsinki in Finland claims to have partially deciphered the script and believes it probably respresents a Dravidian language.
Linear A is possibly related to Linear B but the language it was used to write is not known.
www.omniglot.com /writing/undeciphered.htm   (490 words)

 Writing Systems and Networking Articles
Write the intro last since it glosses the conclusions in one of the last paragraphs.
In particular, the name of any protocol or system developed and the general area ("quality of service", "protocol verification", "service creation environment") should be contained in the abstract.
This is a useful article that teaches scientists how to write single sentences and paragraphs, such as "follow a grammatical subject as soon as possible with its verb" and "articulate the action of every clause or sentence in its verb".
www.cs.columbia.edu /~hgs/etc/writing-style.html   (3880 words)

 ishida >> writing
Lists translations of phrases relating to the W3C in various scripts for use as examples in documents and presentations.
In-progress draft of notes that list the symbols used to represent Urdu with the Arabic script, describe their use, and relate them to appropriate characters for representation in Unicode.
Note that I am currently working on the official list of countries as used by the UN that is likely to supercede this list.
people.w3.org /rishida/writing.html   (1421 words)

 Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Writing Systems
The pictorial icons that comprised these early writing systems were apparently elements of artistic representations that came to be isolated and sequentially ordered to communicate particular ideas.
Many of the systems are rudimentary and highly pictorial such as Aztec and Mixtec with the text used to record dates and the names of protagonists.
Browsing areas for materials on writing systems, in general, and Pre-Columbian writing systems, in particular, are spread across several Library of Congress classification designations.
www.albany.edu /~cr8474/pathfinder.html   (4082 words)

 Academic skills
How to write a paper in scienctific journal style and format (Bates).
Write down every idea you have in a log or note-book.
Writing and presenting your thesis or dissertation (Levine).
www.cs.uu.nl /groups/AD/indexB.html   (232 words)

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