Writing Systems and Cognition

Perspectives from Psychology, Physiology, Linguistics, and Semiotics

  • W. C. Watt

Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Reading, Writing, and the Difference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. W. C. Watt
      Pages 3-10
    3. Daisy L. Hung, Ovid J. L. Tzeng, Wei Ling Lee, Ji Mei Chang
      Pages 11-35
    4. Mark Aronoff
      Pages 67-86
  3. Writing Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. W. C. Watt
      Pages 89-114
    3. James D. McCawley
      Pages 115-127
    4. Philip A. Luelsdorff
      Pages 141-182
    5. Philip A. Luelsdorff, Sergej V. Chesnokov
      Pages 183-213
    6. W. C. Watt
      Pages 215-246
    7. Denise Schmandt-Besserat
      Pages 303-310
  4. The Scribal Tract

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. W. C. Watt
      Pages 337-346
    3. Fabrizio Benedetti
      Pages 347-373
    4. Colette Sirat
      Pages 375-460
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 461-463

About this book


In this distinguished collection the deeper cognitive aspects of writing systems are for the first time added to the perceptual and physiological dimensions and brought into a coherent whole. The result is a multifaceted understanding of alphabets and other scripts in which none of the major factors that shape those systems, and thus distinctively reveal attributes of the human mind, are slighted. The systems through which language is realized on the page are compared in nature and complexity with those through which language is realized as sound, and are seen in their true perspective. Long the object of intensive inquiry, the process of change in phonological systems is now joined to the evolution of graphological systems, and new light is cast on the nature of the relevant human cognitive processes in their diversity and underlying unity. The authors, each eminently qualified in his or her field, are drawn from Europe, Asia, and North and South America.


Action cognition evolution language linguistics mind psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • W. C. Watt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cognitive SciencesUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4344-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8285-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0927-0116
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