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Subject Linguistics

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214816.1999.x


Broadly, writing systems consisting of graphemes which denote meaningful elements of speech, such as Chinese characters and Egyptian hieroglyphs. More specifically, writing systems which express ideas without being related to language. That semasiographic systems in the narrower sense exist is disputed by many students of writing, but some define the notion of writing so broadly that it includes semasiography. The latter view is defended in Sampson (1985) and criticized in DeFrancis (1989). See also O rigin of writing ; W riting system . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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