Geoffrey Sampson


Publications: Writing Skills and Writing Systems

For my book reviews in this area see separate page.

Chapter on “English” to be in Dimitrios Meletis et al., eds, Handbook of Germanic Writing Systems.

The redundancy of self-organization as an explanation of English spelling”, Language 93.e43–7, 2018.

From phonemic spelling to distinctive spelling” (invited paper at Tenth International Workshop on Writing Systems and Literacy, Nijmegen, May 2016), Written Language and Literacy 21.3–25, 2018.

Typology and the study of writing systems”, Linguistic Typology 20.561–7, 2016.

Writing Systems, new edition, Equinox, 2015; originally published by Hutchinson and by Stanford University Press in 1985, with a revised paperback version by Hutchinson in 1987.

Portuguese translation published as Sistemas de Escrita, Editora Ática (São Paulo), 1996; Spanish translation published as Sistemas de Escritura, Gedisa (Barcelona), 1997; Korean translation published as Segye’eui Munjach’egye, Han’guk Munhwasa (Seoul), 2000.

Writing systems: methods for recording language”, chapter 4 of Keith Allan, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Linguistics, Routledge, 2015.

The structure of children’s writing: moving from spoken to adult written norms”, pp. 177–93 in S. Granger & S. Petch-Tyson, eds., Extending the Scope of Corpus-based Research: New Applications, New Challenges, Rodopi (Amsterdam), 2003; a version reprinted as chapter 8 of Grammar Without Grammaticality.

Article on “Writing Systems”, The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, MIT Press, 1999.

Chinese script and the diversity of writing systems”, Linguistics 32.117–32, 1994.

“Is roman type an open-ended system?”, Visible Language 17.410–12, nominally 1983 but actually 1984.

Pages on “Alphabet”, New Universal Dictionary, Longmans, 1982.

“Advantages of English spelling”, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses no. 3, pp. 1–13, 1981.

Geoffrey Sampson

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