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Subject Linguistics

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214816.1999.x


1 In the study of writing, the graphic form of a writing system. In nontechnical contexts the term is often used interchangeably with ‘writing system’ or ‘alphabet’, from which it should be distinguished, however. A writing system needs a script for its physical representation, but both are conceptually independent of each other. The same writing system may be written in a variety of scripts. For example, the Roman, Cyrillic, Greek, Russian and runic scripts are different graphic instantiations of the same writing system, the alphabet. Similarly, syllabic alphabets of the C plus inherent a type are instantiated by the various Indian scripts. Scripts, in turn, come in different varieties in both handwriting and print, for example the many typefaces that have evolved for the Roman script. 2 In typography, typefaces designed to imitate the appearance of handwriting. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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