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This is a short introductory bib. It has been restricted to
English as texts in German, French, Hebrew, Catalan, etc., are
to come by in the average American or English Library. Because
of the earlier work has been superceded, it also concentrates
recent texts. Many books on the bib should be available at
libraries, but some (of which a number are essential reading
marked by an asterisk *) probably may only be found at the
university library... but that is unavoidable. Some annotation
been added when the relevance may seem odd or a work is
*DeFrancis, John. _Visible Speech: The Diverse Oneness of
Systems_. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1989.
This is the only book in English on writing systems as
Symbol Set Systems
*Shoenfield, Joseph R. _Mathematical Logic_. Reading, Mass:
While directed at symbolic logic, Chapter 1 contains
clearest exposition of what is meant by symbol systems
and bound and unbound forms. (You don't have to read
past Chapter 1, if you don't want to... )
*Hofstadter, Douglas R. "Metafont, Metathematics, and
_Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind
Pattern_. New York: Basic Books, Inc. 1985.
Hofstadter is probably the best discussion of the
script design to be found outside of professional
Script Design (from the professional point of view)
Lawson, Alexander S. _Anatomy of a typeface_. Boston: Godine,
Zapf, Hermann. _About Alphabets: some marginal notes on type
Cambrdige, MA: MIT Press, 1970.
The Impact of Writing:
Bagnell, Roger S. _Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History_.
New York: 1995.
Diringer, David. _The Alphabet, A Key to the History of
2 vols. 3rd ed. New York and London: 1968.
Logan, Robert K. _The alphabet effect: the impact of the
alphabet on the development of Western Civilization_.
Ullman, Berthold Louis. _Ancient Writing and Its Influence_.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1969.
Avrin, Leila. _Scribes, Script and Book: The book Arts from
to the Renaissance. Chicago: ALA, 1991.
A general introduction for the interested layman;
Posner, Raphael and Israel Ta-Shema. _The Hebrew Book: An
Survey_. New York: Amiel, 1975.
Roberts, Colin H. and T. C. Skeat. _The Birth of the Codex_.
Oxford UP, 1983.
Skeat, Theodore Cressy. "Early Christian Book-Production:
Manuscripts." _Cambridge History of the Bible_, vol.
Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1969. 54-79.
Turner, Eric G. _The Typology of the Early Codex_.
U of Pennsylvania P, 1977.
Script Systems (Epigraphy, Paleography)
Bright, William and Peter Daniels. _The World's Writing
Brown, Michelle P. _A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from
Antiquity to 1600_. Toronto: University of Toronto Press,
Naveh, Joseph. _Early History of the Alphabet: An Introduction
Semitic Epigraphy and Palaeography_. Jerusalem:
Schmandt-Besserat, Denise. _How Writing came about_. Austin,
TX: U of
Texas Press, 1996.
Turner, E.G. _Greek Manuscripts of the Ancient World_. Oxford:
Script as Identity
*Morison, Stanley. _Politics and Scripts: Aspects of authority
freedom in the development of Graeco-Latin script from
sixth century B.C. to the twentieth century A.D. The
Lectures 1957_. Nicolas Barker, ed. Oxford: Clarendon,
There are many problems with this work, the greatest
that Morison ignores Semitic influences on Christian
systems as well as Semitic influences on territorial
in Greek and Latin. Nevertheless, the book is
essential if one
wishes to understand the importance of script as
Martin, Henri Jean. _The history and power of writing_.
et pouvoirs de l'ecrit, Paris: Perrin). Trans. Lydia
Cochrane. Chicago: U of C Press, 1994.
*Goody, Jack. _The logic of writing and the organization of
Cambridge: CUP, 1986.
- - -. The interface between the written and the Oral.
Parkes, Malcolm B. _Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the
Punctuation in the West. Aldershot, Hants.: Scolar
Avenary, Hanoch. Studies in the Hebrew, Syrian, and Greek
liturgical recitative. Tel-Aviv: Israel Music Institute, 1963.
De Poli, Giovanni, Aldo Piccialli, and Curtis Roads.
Representations of Musical Signals. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT
McKinnon, James. Music in early Christian literature.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
Stevens, John. Words and Music in the Middle Ages: Song,
Narrative, Dance and Drama, 1050-1350. Cambridge: Cambridge
Southworth, James, G. Verses of Cadence: An Introduction to
the Prosody of Chaucer and his followers. Oxford: Blackwell,
Van der Meer, Willem and Johannes C. de Moor. The Structural
analysis of Biblical and Canaanite Poetry. Sheffield: JSOT,
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